Dassault Falcon Jet is investing in a major expansion of its Sorocaba maintenance facility over the next few months “to better accommodate the demands of Brazilian and other South American customers.” The expansion of the Dassault Aircraft Services-Sorocaba facility will add 10,000 sq ft (929 sq m) of hangar space, significantly boosting the existing 23,000-sq-ft (2,137-sq-m) building and “reinforcing our ability to serve the anticipated demand,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet. “We have strong expectations for continued growth in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America and expect the new facility to reinforce our ability to serve this anticipated demand.”
The French manufacturer’s Sorocaba service center is authorized to perform line maintenance and airframe inspections on all Falcon models except the legacy Falcon 20 and Falcon 100. In addition, the facility is qualified to provide engine maintenance on the CFE-738, Honeywell TFE731-series engines and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A and PW308C models. Following the opening of the Sorocaba service center in June 2009, Dassault Falcon Jet has continued to expand the facility with increased manpower, spare parts and tooling.
According to Dassault, the Sorocaba facility is able to “dispatch an AOG team to support Falcon aircraft anywhere in South America, along with the parts and tools necessary to get the aircraft flying again with minimal delay.” The company houses more than $ 4.7 million worth of high-usage parts in its separate São Paulo facility.
Falcons On Show
Dassault has brought two of its popular Falcon business jets here to Congonhas Airport for this week’s LABACE show, looking to underline that it leads the way with a 60 percent market share in the large-cabin segment. The Falcon 7X on the static display here is accompanied by a Falcon 2000LXS/2000S, while the French company has also brought a Falcon 5X cabin mock-up to illustrate the generous space of the in-development aircraft.
The company’s Falcon family has been present in Brazil for the past 40 years. “Brazilians appreciate the superior technology and design of the Falcon jets. We have a Falcon to fit any mission that Brazilian customers demand,” commented Rosanvallon.
According to Dassault, the Falcon 7X, which has a range of 5,950 nm (11,011 km), “is the most popular large-cabin business jet in Brazil, with close to 15 in service.” The trijet can connect São Paulo with destinations throughout the Americas, it adds, “as well as most of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.”
Meanwhile, two new Falcons, the 8X and 5X, are “advancing in the initial manufacturing process,” said the company. These new models are due to enter service, respectively, in 2016 and 2017.
Rosanvallon told AIN that the first 8X has now been assembled and the avionics switched on successfully for the first time. He indicated that several existing 7X owners in South America have already committed to taking the new 8X, which will have a range of 6,450 nm (11,937 km) at Mach .80 cruise speed.
At the LABACE show, many Latin American visitors had their first chance to examine the new entry-level 3,350-nm-range Falcon 2000S. “Equipped with a full slate of standard features, including upgraded EASy II avionics, a FalconCabin HD+ entertainment system and a brand new fixed-configuration cabin designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the Falcon 2000S brings large cabin comfort to the super mid-size segment,” according to Dassault. The Falcon LXS has 4000-nm (7,400-km) range with much of the field performance of the 2000S with a balanced field length of 4,675 ft (sea level, ISA conditions), for example. Many of these features and more will find their way on to the 5X, according to the company.