Dassault 1H Orders Encouraging, Deliveries Down
Activity in the business aviation industry continues to grow, Dassault Aviation chairman Charles Edelstenne said today during the release of Dassault Falcon’s results for the first half of this year. Dassault’s order intake for new Falcons, minus cancellations, in the six-month period was 22 units, a considerable improvement over the net aircraft orders for only two jets in the first half of 2010. He further noted that the order intake value in the first half climbed by 14 percent over the same period last year. That amount might have been higher, he said, were it not for the unfavorable dollar effect. “The unfavorable [euro versus dollar] parity penalizes our production costs in France,” he explained. On the delivery side, the news was less favorable–down 44 percent from last year, with 19 new aircraft delivered in the first six months of 2011, compared with 45 in the year-ago period. Edelstenne noted that the this year has been marked by postponed deliveries due to delayed customer acceptances and grounding of the Falcon 7X fleet following “an uncontrolled pitch trim” incident on May 27.