Dassault Aviation created the Falcon 50 to be able to complete intercontinental flights, and still maintain a short takeoff distance and a roomy cabin. It was the first private jet on the market with intercontinental range. The cabin of the Falcon 50 is usually configured to carry eight to ten passengers. A two-zone temperature control system uses bleed air from the center engine to control heat. The Falcon 50 is one of the rare jets to use a three-engine configuration. It can to fly for seven hours nonstop with fuel reserves. The runway performance of the Falcon 50 is one of its strong points. The runway requirement at sea level is 4,700 feet. At an elevation of 5,000 feet and a temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the takeoff distance increases to 7,105 feet. It climbs to 39,000 feet in thirty minutes. At an altitude of 37,000 feet, it can reach its top cruise speed of 468 knots. At 43,000 feet, it can cruise at 410 knots for long-range trips.