Dassault Aviation received orders for 38 Falcons in the first half of this year while delivering 25, CEO Eric Trappier announced on Friday in Paris. The orders were worth €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion), a 29-percent increase over the same period in 2013 and a continuous improvement since the first half of 2011.
However, deliveries kept diminishing and shipments for this year are expected to total 70, down from 77 last year. The value of these deliveries also decreased to €1.04 billion ($1.4 billion), a 22-percent year-over-year decrease. The book-to-bill ratio was thus largely in positive territory, at 1.52. The backlog for Falcons stands at €3.73 billion ($5.1 billion) as of June 30.
Meanwhile, the first C-check on a Falcon 7X has just been completed at Dassault Falcon Service’s (DFS) Paris Le Bourget facility. Trappier said the manufacturer has purchased land at Bordeaux Mérignac airport to expand its Falcon 7X maintenance capacity, as DFS’s facilities at Le Bourget are now “saturated.”