Last week we kicked off our Luxury Travel Series, Flying in Style with a look closer look at a Hondajet. But, If the pocket-size capabilities of the HondaJet don’t light your fire, then the Dassualt Falcon 8x – scheduled for commercial release in the second half of 2016 – could well fulfil your vehicular needs. At 42.6 feet long, and with a wingspan of 39.8 feet, the Falcon 8x represents a shift up in size from the humble HondaJet – and with a price-tag of $75.9 million, the Falcon 8x signifies a sizable mark-up in price, as well.
Those extra millions however will, of course, allow more of you to fly further. The Falcon 8x can carry up to 19 people for nearly 75,000 miles, making it one of a group of ultra-long-range business jets brought onto the market in appreciation of the truly global nature of commercial business.
The Falcon 8x’s biggest assets lay in its durability. First and foremost, its ability to adapt to steep approach angles and climb-out gradients make it the only ultra-long-range jet able to use London City’s runway, powering of a short runway with enough gusto to continue non-stop to far-flung places such as Dubai or New York. Even high altitudes pose no problem for the Falcon 8x; it can even depart from as high as 6,500 feet above sea level in Colorado and still make it unperturbed to Geneva, Switzerland.
Inside the Falcon 8x, there’s absolutely no question that you’re in complete control. Its state-of-the-art Falcon Cabin HD+ system allows you to use any personal Apple device in order to, among other things, track flight progress and call up a virtual moving map of any landscape around you simply by pointing your iPad in its direction.
The interior can also be personally customised, with over 30 different layouts available to the aspiring airplane owner. With the help of the Dassault design team, you can oversee exactly how you want your cabin to be constructed, and with the Falcon 8x keeping you at a comfortable altitude of around 4,000 feet, as opposed to the traditional 6,000 to 8,000 feet that most commercial airliner and business jets cruise at, you’ll feel better on board and even banish jet-lag, ensuring you’ll arrive at your destination in unique style and comfort.
Next week we examine another amazing aircraft that'll have you re-thinking commercial travel.
Article by Jake Taylor RE:LUXE