A good part of Dassault Aviation’s profile at this week’s Aero India show is based on its Rafale fighter, which was last year selected for the country’s new Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft requirement. But the French manufacturer also has big business aviation ambitions in India, as is evidenced by the pair of Falcon 7X trijets it has on display this week in Bangalore, along with a Falcon 900LX and a 2000S. The latter two aircraft both feature the new FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system.
To date Dassault has around 20 Falcons based in India and last fall it opened a new Falcon liaison office in New Dehli, at the same time appointing a new Falcon sales manager to boost its Indian marketing team. In July 2012, Mumbai-based Taj Air was named as a Falcon authorized line service station at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The facility provides scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections for the Falcon 2000 family and also holds a spare parts inventory. Previously, Dassault had appointed Air Works India as an authorized service center for the Falcon 900EX, with spares distribution bases in both Mumbai and Chennai. The OEM has also established a technical field office in Mumbai.
“The Indian market is becoming more conducive to consistent growth and the investments in our support network will place us in an excellent position to benefit in the future,” said Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon.