Dassault Aviation has started procedures to terminate its contract with Safran for Silvercrest engines and has cancelled the Falcon 5X program.
Silvercrest engines were originally due to be delivered in 2013 but have faced various setbacks.
Dassault Aviation says it will now launch a new Falcon with Pratt & Whitney engines, with an entry into service target of 2022.
Dassault had to postpone the entry into service of the Falcon 5X from 2017 to 2020. This slippage caused customer concern and order cancellations (12 in 2016).
“There is still a strong market need for a brand new long-range aircraft with a very large cabin,” said Eric Trappier, “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 5,500nm, and scheduled to enter into service in 2022.”