Amjet Executive has taken delivery of the first Dassault Falcon 8X to be handed over to a customer. The Greek firm collected its new aircraft, registered SX-CGR (c/n 405), at a special ceremony at Dassault Aviation’s Bordeaux-Mérignac facility on October 5.
EASA and FAA certification was awarded to the 8X in June enabling Dassault Aviation to meet its original delivery schedule. Certification of the new 6,450nm (11,945km) trijet followed an intensive month-long operating test campaign that involved visiting several destinations around the globe.
“To see our new flagship Falcon handed over right on time in perfect operating order gives us immense pride,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation. “We are very pleased to deliver the first example of this great new aircraft to Amjet, a long time Falcon operator.”
Amjet is based in Athens, providing fleet management, charter, sales and maintenance/repair services. The company operates a variety of Falcon jets, including the super midsized Falcon 50, the long range Falcon 900EX EASy and the very long range Falcon 7X
Amjet President, Abakar Manany, who was at the controls for the delivery flight, said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome the new Falcon 8X into our fleet. As a pilot, I can personally vouch for the remarkable handling and piloting qualities of the big new trijet. Its superb performance and cabin comfort will allow us to fill an ever wider range of needs and missions for our exceptionally demanding clientele.”
Dassault says another 11 aircraft are in final assembly at Mérignac with 16 being outfitted and painted at the French firm’s facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. The manufacturer anticipates making deliveries to customers in a “dozen” countries including Brazil, the US, UAE, India and Europe.