Duncan Aviation Takes On Falcon 7X Completions
Independent cabin completion and refurbishment specialist Duncan Aviation recently signed a long-term contract with Dassault Aviation to complete green Falcon 7Xs. According to a spokesman for Duncan, the first 7X arrived last Saturday at its Lincoln, Neb. facility and is due to emerge as a finished airplane in the first quarter of next year. When up to full speed within the next two or three years, Duncan expects to finish as many as six airplanes a year. While some Falcon 7Xs for fractional provider NetJets Europe will be completed at Dassault’s plant in Bordeaux, France, the majority of 7X cabin interiors will continue to be built and installed at the company’s completion center in Little Rock, Ark. Despite construction of this large new facility in Little Rock dedicated to 7X completions, Dassault has had difficulty staying on schedule and airplanes have “in some cases” been delivered as much as six months late.The contract with Duncan “is part of our effort to reach 40 Falcon 7X deliveries a year by 2010,” a Dassault Falcon spokesman told AIN.