Dassault built the Falcon 2000 with economy in mind. The goal was to build an economical large jet that would remain consistent with Dassault’s reputation for excellent performance. The original Falcon 2000, certified in 1994, was built as a smaller, twin-engine alternative of the three-engine Falcon 900. It comes equipped with General Electric/AlliedSignal CFE738-1-1B engines, giving it a range of just over 3,100 nautical miles, a cruise speed of about 459 knots, and a climb rate of about 3,730 feet per minute.
In 2003, Dassault replaced the CFE engines found on the original 2000 with Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW308C engines to create the Falcon 2000EX. The EX model’s range was increased by nearly 1,000 nautical miles to about 4,045. Its climb rate was increased by about 600 feet per minute to 4,375. Its maximum takeoff weight was also increased from 35,800 lbs to 42,200, and its fuel capacity was increased by 3,800 lbs. Its fuel efficiency, however, remained steady, as its fuel usage increased by only four gallons per hour. The PW308C engines are found on all of the variants outside of the original 2000, and each of them have cruise speeds close to 460 knots.
Falcon 2000EX EASy
The following year, Dassault created the Falcon 2000EX EASy. The EASy model was equipped with an enhanced avionics system and underwent changes to its pressurization and oxygen systems. This model is equipped with the Honeywell EASy avionics suite, as opposed to the ProLine IV found on the 2000 and 2000EX, improving the pilot’s situational awareness and reducing his or her workload.
In 2007, Dassault created the Falcon 2000DX, equipped with the same Honeywell EASy cockpit found on the 2000EX EASy, but with a significantly shorter range. The 2000DX model has a range more in line with the original Falcon 2000 at 3,250 nautical miles, filling a niche for Falcon owners that want the the cockpit capabilities of the 2000EX EASy, but don’t need the extensive range that the EX models provide.
In 2009, Dassault took the Falcon 2000EX EASy and added Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) blended winglets and increased its fuel capacity by 2,000 lbs, extending its range by nearly 100 nautical miles to just over 4,100 and improving its climb rate by 150 feet per minute. The winglets provide an enhanced level of safety, as well, improving performance in the case of engine failure. The LX model also comes equipped with the next-gen Honeywell EASy II flight deck.
In 2013, Dassualt began delivering the Falcon 2000S model, equipping it with the Honeywell EASy II avionics suite found on the LX and improving upon its runway performance. For comparison, the Falcon 2000EX EASy requires 5,585 feet to takeoff and 4,333 to land. The 2000s requires only 4,535 feet to takeoff and 3,834 to land. It also comes equipped with the API winglets found on the 2000LX, but has less fuel capacity, giving it a range of about 3,600 nautical miles.
In 2013, Dassault also began production on the Falcon 2000LXS, which essentially combines the best features of the 2000LX and 2000S. The LXS comes equipped with the EASy II flight deck found on both the LX and S, the 4,145-nautical-mile range found on the LX, and the impressive runway capabilities of the S model.