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NBAA 2013: Dassault Falcon 5X launch raises the stakes in Las Vegas

This week we’re at NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas and our private jet charter team will be posting live updates and exclusive photographs from the event which starts today.

Today’s big news story is the unveiling of the Dassault Falcon 5X super midsized (SMS) jet. The French manufacturer has featured a countdown clock on its website in recent weeks and finally launches its new aircraft today.

Billed as the biggest, most advanced Falcon jet ever – it features a six-foot, six-inch cabin height – the tallest in business aviation – and a wider cabin than previous Falcon models.

This is twinned with impressive technical performance including a top speed of Mach .90, a range of  5,200 nautical miles and the short-field capability of much smaller private jets.

Set to cost in the region of $45 million, the 5X’s first flight is expected in the first quarter of 2015 with EASA and FAA certifications before the end of 2016.

Elsewhere, the NBAA 2013 static display area at Henderson Executive Airport is showcasing many of the world’s current top private jets.

Major jet manufacturers are hoping that Vegas brings them plenty of good fortune, with numerous launches and upgrade developments announced even before the show opened its doors.

This year’s event marks an important milestone for Bombardier and Learjet as the manufacturer celebrates the Learjet’s 50th anniversary.

Bombardier is displaying a number of private jet types, including the Learjet 75, Challenger 300, Challenger 605 and Global 6000 jets, alongside the historic Learjet 23 aircraft which first took to the skies in October 1963.

Elsewhere, Embraer Executive Jets is showcasing its complete portfolio of business aircraft – including a new mock-up of the Legacy 450 mid-light jet, and the third production-conforming prototype of the Legacy 500 midsize jet.

Pilatus is also exhibiting a mock-up of the PC-24, billed as the world’s first “Super Versatile Jet”. Unveiled at EBACE in Geneva six months ago, the PC-24 is set to be the first private jet worldwide with the ability to use very short paved or unpaved runways.

While the 5X and other new private jets are undoubtedly taking centre stage at NBAA 2013, Chapman Freeborn is also at the show talking to the industry about the Global Broker initiative – a new service offering immediate worldwide support to smaller jet charter companies and operators.

The Global Broker initiative enables firms to call upon Chapman Freeborn’s network of more than 450 staff based in over 30 offices worldwide.

As we blogged last week, the US is by far the largest market for private jet aviation and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. However, key to the industry’s long-term success is how US based operators and private jet charter companies harness growth potential in other parts of the world.

We’ll be posting more news updates and photos from NBAA 2013 as the show gets underway today.

If you’re at the event and would like to find out more about the Global Broker initiative and other services please get in touch at

Photo appears courtesy of Dassault Falcon. The Dassault Falcon 5X is grabbing all the early headlines at NBAA 2013. The super midsized jet will be capable of city pairs including New York to Moscow and Sao Paulo to Chicago.