Bombardier Global 5000 Lost a Competitor For a Few More Years - Dassault Aviation Drops Silvercrest for its Falcon 5X program AND Selects Pratt & Whitney New PW800 Engine
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13:50 (18:50 UTC) - December 13, 2017 - Quebec, Canada
From Dassault Aviation:
Dassault Aviation initiates the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an entry into service in 2022.
Saint Cloud – December 13, 2017 – Dassault Aviation initiates the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an 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.
Safran met recurrent technical issues during the program development.
In 2015 and 2016, major technical issues have 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, i.e. a 3-year delay. This slippage has caused customers' concerns and order cancellations (12 in 2016).
Equipped with a preliminary version of the engine, not compliant with the specifications, the Falcon 5X performed its maiden flight, on July 5, 2017, and started a preliminary flight test campaign, limited by engines capacity. The Falcon 5X flight behaviour met all the expectations.
In the fall of 2017, Safran experienced issues with the high pressure compressor and informed Dassault Aviation of an additional delay and new performance shortfall, making the 2020 entry into service of the aircraft impossible.
Considering the magnitude of the risks involved both on the technical and schedule aspects of the Silvercrest program, Dassault Aviation initiates the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program and plans to start negotiations with Safran.
"There is still a strong market need for a brand new long range aircraft with a very large cabin – Eric Trappier explained – 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 5,500 Nm, and scheduled to enter into service in 2022."
From Pratt & Whitney Canada:
December 13, 2017 - P&WC's PurePower® PW800 Engine Selected to Power the new Falcon Business JetReady to deliver exceptional performance, the PurePower PW800 engine sets a new benchmark in the long range business jet market with a proven core, sustainable technologies and a leading comprehensive service plan
LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 13, 2017) - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that a member of P&WC's PurePower PW800 engine family has been selected to power the new Falcon Business Jet, which was announced earlier today by Dassault Aviation. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
The PurePower PW800 engine is optimized for high-flying, fast, long-range business jets and shares the same proven, rigorously-tested core technology used in Pratt & Whitney's award-winning PurePower family of geared turbofan commercial engines. The advanced common core technology, employed in 15 different PurePower engine applications, has amassed more than 400,000 in-service hours.
"We are honoured that Dassault Aviation has once again put its trust in P&WC for its new aircraft and we look forward to further develop our long-standing relationship with them on this new platform", said Irene Makris, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
The PurePower PW800 engine incorporates the latest generation of technologies in every aspect; delivering double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency, setting a new "green" engine standard for emissions with the advanced TALON™ X combustor, and its low-noise design and low vibration levels will result in an exceptionally quiet cabin, enabling a more comfortable passenger experience.
Thanks to its robust design, exceptional maintainability, and advanced diagnostics capabilities, the PurePower PW800 engine will deliver best-in-class availability and dispatch reliability to operators. This will be coupled with the PurePower PW800 family's enhanced service offering tailored for today's operator needs.