Dassault Aviation has delivered the first of three Falcon 7X trijets to the Commonwealth of Australia for use by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the French airframer announced today. Powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A turbofans, the 5,950-nm Falcon business jets will be used by the RAAF for government VIP service.
“We are extremely honored that Australia has once again demonstrated its confidence in the Falcon product line,” Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier said. “The RAAF already has decades of successful experience operating Dassault aircraft, from the Mirage III fighter to the Falcon 20 and Falcon 900 business jets.”
Dassault delivered its first business jet in Australia, the Falcon 20, in 1967, two years after the type’s entry into service. The RAAF took delivery of its first Falcon 20 (then known as the Mystere 20) that same year, serving its transport and utility wing for more than two decades. It was replaced by the Falcon 900, the numbers of which grew to five in the RAAF fleet. Its Falcon 900 fleet operated through the early 2000s.
In all, more than 120 Falcon jets—of which more than 50 are 7Xs—are operated in Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries.