The first of three Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft leased by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has arrived in Canberra, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced in a statement on 16 April.
The new aircraft are expected to replace the RAAF's fleet of three Bombardier CL-604 Challenger aircraft that were introduced in 2002 and are part of the service's 'special purpose aircraft' fleet operated by No. 34 Squadron from Defence Establishment Fairbairn in the Australian Capital Territory.
The Falcon 7X platforms will be operated by the same squadron.
Wing Commander Jason Pont, Commanding Officer of 34 Squadron, was quoted in the statement as saying that the Falcon 7X advanced business jet, which provides a larger passenger load, modern communication, and increased range and endurance, "complements [the] RAAF's larger Boeing 737 Business Jets" that provide transport for the Australian government.
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