Dassault Will Make Decision 'Early Next Year' on Smaller Jet

 - April 25, 2007, 10:28 AM

Dassault Aviation will decide by early next year whether to launch a smaller jet, chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said recently. Since production of the small, sleek Falcon 10 ended in 1983, Dassault has concentrated on building larger business jets. The apparently twin-engine jet now being considered would be priced below $20 million and would be about the size of the Falcon 50 trijet but have a shorter range. Edelstenne first disclosed at the 2002 NBAA Convention that he had asked his engineers and marketers to "reopen the question" of developing a smaller jet. The market may seem glutted with smaller business jets and Cessna has long been the winner when it comes to the number of deliveries, but there are indications that Dassault is feeling pressure to re-enter this segment. Meanwhile, the OEM confirmed that certification is expected next summer of a CMC enhanced-vision system for the Falcon 900 and 2000 initially.