Although not the first small business jet produced by French aircraft industry giant Dassault Aviation (a distinction which is held by its smaller cousin, the Falcon 20), the Falcon 50/50EX is the first member of the Falcon business jet family to have transoceanic capability. The 50/50EX was borne out of the need of American business travelers in the 1970s for a light jet aircraft that they could use for nonstop flights across the US or the North Atlantic. The 50/50EX made use of the Falcon 20’s airframe but it deviates from the typical private corporate jet design by utilizing a third engine. Couple that with an increase in fuel capacity and you have a jet with the long range that American business travelers have long clamored for.
Aside from providing added safety—and thus peace of mind for travelers—when flying over vast stretches of water, a third engine is also regarded as a status symbol as people who own 3-engined jets are often viewed as belonging to the more privileged classes of society. This is one of the reasons why the Falcon 50/50EX remains popular among business travelers despite being an old design.
The Falcon 50/50EX has a maximum passenger capacity of 9 as well as 115 cubic feet of baggage space. Improvements continue to be incorporated even after production ceased in 2008. These improvements include more powerful and fuel-efficient engines and blended “winglets” for more stable high-speed flights. Genuine spare parts for the 50/50EX and other Falcon jets are also made available by Dassault through their worldwide distribution centers.