Dassault Aviation has cancelled the Falcon 5X following another failure of Safran with its Silvercrest engines. Dassaults says it will start again with a new aircraft to be powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, ready for entry into service in 2022.

The delivery of compliant Silvercrest engines was originally planned for the end of 2013 in accordance with the Falcon 5X flight test schedule, said Dassault.

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Repeated problems with Safran’s Silvercrest engine have led to Dassault cancelling the Falcon 5X programme and launching a brand new aircraft – with PWC engines.

In 2015 and 2016, major technical issues led Safran to announce a new schedule leading to engines delivery for the Falcon 5X flight tests by the end of 2017. Consequently, Dassault Aviation had to postpone the entry into service of the Falcon 5X from 2017 to 2020, ie, a 3-year delay. This slippage has caused customers’ concerns and order cancellations (12 in 2016).

“There is still a strong market need for a brand new long range aircraft with a very large cabin,” said Dassault boss Eric Trappier. “So I have decided to launch a new Falcon project powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, featuring the same cross section as the Falcon 5X, a range of 5500nm, and scheduled to enter into service in 2022.”

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