Dassault Ponders China Plans
Dassault has downplayed last week’s newspaper quotes by John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon’s CEO, regarding the company’s partnership plans in China. Rosanvallon commented in French financial daily La Tribune about discussions with airframer Avic on the possibility of cooperation on an indigenous business jet design or a local Falcon final assembly facility. “There is nothing more than talks,” a company spokesman told AIN. “Avic is an industrial partner like many others we have in the world. [It makes] part of a fuselage section on the Falcon 7X and part of the Falcon 2000’s fuel tank.” Dassault currently has 10 Falcons flying in China, including three Falcon 7Xs, the first of which was delivered in February. In two or three years, the country is expected to account for 10 percent of Dassault’s business jet sales. The company now has a representative office in Beijing.