Aircraft Review: Dassault Falcon 2000LXS

Thomas W. Mitchell Executive Vice President
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The latest version of Dassault’s popular Falcon 2000 series, the Falcon 2000LXS combines the long-distance range of the 2000LX with the unique short field performance of the 2000S. The Falcon 2000LXS also improves on its predecessors by rolling in the advanced EASy II flight deck technology and optimizing for environmental efficiency. First launched in 2014, the 2000LXS has quickly become a popular super-midsize jet.

In this aircraft review, we’ll take a comprehensive look at the Falcon 2000LXS: technical specifications, design options, technology, investment costs and more.

Table of Contents

The Falcon 2000LXS at a Glance

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Dassault Falcon 2000LXS Technical Specs
Maximum Range 4,150 nm/ 7,686 km
Top Speed 0.862 Mach / 574.72 KTAs / 1064.39 km/h
Typical Cruise Speed 0.80 Mach / 533.39 KTAs / 987.84 km/h
Maximum Altitude 47,000 ft / 14,326 m
Cabin Dimensions
Length 26 ft 2 in / 7.98 m
Height 6 ft 2 in / 1.88 m
Exterior Dimensions
Length 66 ft 4 in / 20.23 m
Wingspan 70 ft 2 in / 21.38 m
Height 23 ft 2 in / 7.06 m
Passengers 10 Passengers

Cockpit Design

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Photo Credit: Dassault Falcon

Much like its ultra-long-range counterpart, the Dassault Falcon 7X, the Falcon 2000LXS features the highly advanced EASy II flight deck, which Dassault jointly developed with Honeywell and is modeled after Honeywell’s Digital Engine Operating System. The Falcon 2000LXS’s flight deck also includes FalconEye, Dassault’s unique Combined Vision System option, and onboard connectivity. As its name implies, the Combined Vision System combines the best of the Enhanced Vision System and the Synthetic Vision System to give the pilot a comprehensive heads-up view.

In terms of aesthetics, the Falcon 2000LXS’s cockpit is clean and modern, with three large display units and a choice of either leather or shearling-lined seats.

Cabin Design

In keeping with Dassault’s design ethos, the Falcon 2000LXS is spacious, bright, stylish and, perhaps most important, quiet. Dassault has made significant investments in noise reduction technology in recent years, aimed at providing passengers with a more restful environment in which to travel.

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Photo Credit: Dassault Falcon

Dassault’s attention to elegant design is evident in every aspect of the Falcon 2000LXS, starting with its galley, which can feature — among other options — dark polished wood cabinetry, stainless steel fixtures and a stone countertop. The Falcon 2000LXS’s galley comes fully equipped with a sink, Nespresso machine, microwave oven and an extra-wide high temperature oven, so passengers can enjoy coffee and snacks or a full meal while airborne.

With more than 30 different cabin layout configurations from which to choose, the Falcon 2000LXS is highly customizable, making it ideal for missions of many kinds. For the purposes of this review, we’ll look at the standard floorplan configuration.

The Falcon 2000LXS’s forward cabin is fitted with four ergonomically adjustable executive seats arranged club-style around two foldout sidewall tables.

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Photo Credit: Dassault Falcon

The aft cabin, or second lounge, features a total of six executive seats: two arranged club style to the right, and four arranged conference-style around an electronic, folding hi-lo table to the left.

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Photo Credit: Dassault Falcon

The conference-style seating arrangement is ideal for conducting business while in-flight or for just enjoying a meal. The conference-style arrangement can also be converted into a sleeping area for passengers who need to get caught up on some well-deserved rest.

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Photo Credit: Dassault Falcon

The Falcon 2000LXS’s cabin has 18 large windows, which allows for a good amount of natural light. The Falcon 2000LXS also refreshes and circulates air constantly.

Moving to the back of the plane, passengers will find a private, stand-up aft lavatory with a full-sized sink and vanity and a dressing room. Past the lavatory is a dedicated baggage compartment, which can hold as many as 20 bags (assuming the average bag is less than 5 cubic feet).

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Photo Credit: Dassault Falcon

All of the finishes described in this review come standard; that said, one of the things that makes Dassault’s Falcon line of jets popular is their customizability. Utilizing Dassault’s in-house design studios and showrooms — located in Teterboro, New Jersey, and Le Bourget, France — buyers can tailor cabinetry, upholstering, flooring and other finishes to their exact specifications.

Technology

Dassault Falcon 2000LXS passengers can enjoy SatCom and optional high-speed internet and Wi-Fi systems, enabling them to stay connected while on the go. The Falcon 2000LXS is also equipped with Dassault’s signature FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system, which gives travelers access to high-definition audio and video on demand at just the touch of a button. FalconCabin HD+ is compatible with most popular hand-held devices, meaning passengers can pair it with their smartphone or tablet and adjust entertainment and environmental settings from anywhere in the cabin.

Exterior Design

The Dassault Falcon 2000LXS’ exterior is characterized by its fully slatted wing design, which is primarily responsible for its short field take-off and landing performance. Another key feature is the 2000LXS’ twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C engines, noted for their high performance and design improvements that produce lower nitrogen oxide emissions.

Acquisition Cost

Popular Falcon 2000LXS competitors would normally include the Bombardier Challenger 650, the Gulfstream G280 and the Embraer Legacy 650E.

Direct Operating Costs (Hourly)

Note: All direct operating costs listed are estimated; actual expenses will vary based on total annual flight hours.

 

Fuel 

Approximately $1,193 per hour

Maintenance 

Approximately $1,071 per hour

Engine Overhaul 

Approximately $675 per hour

Miscellaneous 

Approximately $594 per hour

Total Direct Costs 

Approximately $3,533 per hour

Fixed Costs

Note: All fixed costs listed are estimated; actual expenses will vary based on crew experience and certifications, hangar location, coverage, and so on.

 

Crew 

Approximately $587,600 per year (includes FT Flight Attendant and Benefits)

Crew Training 

Approximately $72,600 per year

Hangar 

Approximately $57,700 per year

Insurance 

Approximately $53,600 per year

Miscellaneous

Approximately $32,531 per year (excludes refurbishment reserve)

Total Fixed Costs

Approximately $804,031 per year

Is a Falcon 2000LXS Right for You?

The Dassault Falcon 2000LXS can be an excellent choice for buyers who don’t require the long-range capability of the Falcon 7X, but still want the engineering and amenities that a Dassault aircraft can offer. With a 4,000 nm range, the Falcon 2000LXS is certainly well-suited for intercontinental nonstop flights and excels in short field performance capabilities and efficiencies that often exceed those of other super mid-size jets.

The Falcon 2000LXS builds on the capabilities of the Falcon 2000S, adding much-needed short runway features. Able to fly into short and challenging runways — including those with steep approach angles or at high elevations — the Falcon 2000LXS provides travelers with access to hundreds of smaller airports around the world, without issue.

How to Acquire a Dassault Falcon 2000LXS

Interested in learning more about the Falcon 2000LXS? Essex Aviation is here to help.

With a combined 100 years of experience in the aviation industry, the seasoned consultants at Essex have what it takes to help you evaluate different private aviation options and navigate the complex acquisition process. Whether you travel for business or for pleasure, frequently or infrequently, domestic or international — Essex Aviation has the expertise to meet all of your unique travel requirements.

Contact us today to start your journey.

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