Dassault Revenue Down Slightly
Dassault Aviation on Monday said its revenue last year decreased 9 percent from 2008, coming in at €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion). This number lumps together sales and deliveries of Falcon business jets and military aircraft. To cope with the downturn, some activities have been transferred from one factory to another; for example, Dassault has migrated wiring work from its Mérignac to its Biarritz, France facilities. According to GAMA statistics released last Tuesday, Dassault delivered 77 business jets last year and 72 in 2008. Meanwhile, Dassault Falcon on Friday announced it will temporarily close its Little Rock, Ark. completions facility for two weeks this summer. The shutdown will coincide with one at its factories in France. “It’s an efficient way to handle work flow, to have everyone take a vacation at the same time,” a company spokesman said. “It’s a measure we’re taking to be as efficient as we can. The marketplace right now is not all that strong.” Dassault said its Little Rock service center will remain open during the plant shutdown.