In 2001, the Falcon 7X, at approximately $35 million (pre-production order price), was nearly $10 million cheaper than its nearest competitors in the long range, large cabin market segment, the Gulfstream G550 and Bombardier Global Express. Its 2007 cost was $41 million. As of 2008[update], the approximate unit cost of the 7X is $50 million (which was no longer less expensive than the Global Express, at $40M). It conducted high altitude airport tests at 14,500ft in Daocheng in 2014.
It is also unusual in having an S-duct central engine, and is one of only two trijets currently in production, the other being the Dassault Falcon 900. It was also the first production Falcon jet to offer winglets.
In February 2010, Dassault Falcon and BMW Group DesignworksUSA were awarded the 2009 "Good Design” award by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design for their successful collaboration on the new Falcon 7X interior option.
EASA grounded the Falcon 7X fleet after a report from Dassault Aviation regarding “an uncontrolled pitch trim runaway during descent” in one of its jets in May 2011. "This condition, if occurring again, could lead to loss of control of the aeroplane," the EASA notice said. Initial results of investigation showed that there was a production defect in the Horizontal Stabilizer Electronic Control Unit which could have contributed to the cause of the event. Dassault Aviation developed modifications in June 2011 to allow a return to flight.
Two Falcon 7X at Zurich International Airport (May 2012)
A Falcon 7X was purchased by the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) to aid in long distance travel to the presidential aircraft, an Embraer Legacy 600. Its identification number is FAE 052. The aircraft was delivered November 4, 2013 and had its first official trip November 25, 2013.
Two Falcon 7X were bought by the French government to serve in the ETEC unit responsible for the air transport of the government members. Being used primarily by then-president Nicolas Sarkozy, the first shipped airplane was nicknamed "Carla One" by the French newspapers, in reference to Carla Bruni, then French First Lady.