(08 Oct 2021) Dassault Aviation has upgraded the interior of its flagship aircraft, the ultra-long-range Falcon 8X.
New LED lighting, including high quality white light and a variety of programmable settings, reduces strain on the eyes while new sunrise/sunset functions help adapt to new time zones and stimulate a natural circadian rhythm on long, intercontinental flights.
The 8X cabin remains one of the most versatile in the industry, with multiple cabin configuration options, including a spacious galley, plus-size stateroom options, and an optional extended aft lavatory with shower.
New acoustics reinforce the 8X cabin’s standing as one of the quietest on the market, with noise levels averaging below 50 dB thanks to careful acoustic mapping and application of isolation mounts, noise reduction materials and fine tuning of environment systems designed to modulate potentially distracting frequencies.
Throughout the cabin, subtle changes have been introduced to improve the passenger experience. Typical of these are additional iPad storage and charging areas in the mid-cabin bulkhead that keep personal devices easily accessible but out of sight when not required.
The entryway/galley area also displays a number of new features — largely based on cabin crew feedback — including a more comfortable crew rest area and an improved, more efficient galley equipped with a larger sink, new faucet, better lighting, larger chiller, and increased storage space.
A new Innovative Cabin System (ICS) combines and simplifies control of cabin management and entertainment functions. The ICS interface is intuitive and can be activated via a personal device, as many passengers prefer, or via cabin touch panels. The latter are literally at your fingertips, flush mounted into the cabin side ledge. Touch sensitivity is similar to that on a smart phone or tablet device.
The cabin is fully Bluetooth capable, allowing passengers to stream music through the aircraft’s speakers or through a wireless headset. Once connected through Bluetooth, the ICS app identifies a passenger’s seated location and proposes environmental settings for temperature, lighting and window shade adjustment.
Dassault’s FalconConnect communications service provides a full line-up of passenger cabin connectivity applications, including real-time videoconferencing, voice over IP, Internet browsing, and email, virtually anywhere, anytime.
Other passenger-pleasing features include FalconSkyView, which streams the view ahead on aircraft outfitted with external cameras, and the 8X’s Digital Flight Control System designed to ensure an ultra-smooth ride, whatever the weather conditions.
“The upgrade incorporates the latest cabin technology and contemporary stylistic thinking from our interior teams,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “We’ve taken a proven platform, and, with the help of extensive customer input, enhanced it with a range of new features intended to enhance cabin comfort.”
The new interior design will be on display at NBAA-BACE from 12 to 14 October in Las Vegas, USA.