Dassault Falcon and BMW Group DesignworksUSA were recently awarded the prestigious “Good Design” award for 2009 by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design for their successful collaboration on the new Falcon 7X interior option. Founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edger Kaufmann Jr., “Good Design” bestows international recognition upon the world’s most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary and innovative product concepts, invention and originality. According to the Chicago Athenaeum, “BMW Group Designworks USA’s interior for the Dassault Falcon 7X offers defining features, including uncompromising cabin comfort for temperature monitoring, thermal controls and custom-crafted interior furnishings.”
Introduced at European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in May, 2009, the new interior will be available for deliveries starting in the third quarter of 2011. The new Falcon 7X cabin option introduces subtle curves throughout the interior. A single arc carpet element visually stretches the cabin and connects the interior front to back. Curved bulkheads visually expand the main cabin volume while subtle curves in the galley and main cabin create better flow. Cabin lighting techniques feature up-wash and down-wash ambient lights as well as light strips. The combination of new lighting and more contrast between the carpet, the side walls and headliners emphasize openness, spaciousness and comfort. The final result is an elegant and styled cabin fused with function. The 5,950 nm Falcon 7X has the longest range of any Falcon business jet. Special attention was given to enhancing its cabin comfort for flights lasting up to 13 hours. Since its entry into service in 2007, the 7X cabin has set a new standard for business jets. It presents a large and bright cabin with 28 windows which are 10% larger than previous Falcons. It also features a low in flight cabin altitude of 6,000 feet, even while flying at 51,000 feet, and an advanced temperature control system that maintains the environment to within one degree throughout the entire cabin. The 7X is also praised by its passengers for its “library quiet” cabin which is the result of breakthroughs in design, materials and cushioned engine mounts.