The fleet of Dassault Falcon jets in Russia and the CIS countries has doubled over the past five years, with more than 60 Falcon jets now in operation, according to Gilles Gautier, vice president of sales for Dassault Aviation. Seven new aircraft were delivered in the region in the first half of 2013 alone, accounting for 15 percent of Dassault Falcon’s worldwide deliveries.
“The sharp increase in activity over the past half decade reflects the excellent reputation the Falcon brand enjoys among Russian operators, who have a fine appreciation for advanced technology and high-end products,” Gautier said. “This reputation is also based on the exceptional robustness and operational efficiency of Falcon jets and has allowed Dassault to capture about 40 percent of Russia’s large-cabin market.”
At JetExpo 2013 in Moscow this week, the French business aircraft manufacturer is displaying two of its business jets: an example of its triple-engine Falcon 7X and another example of its twin-engine Falcon 2000LX.
According to Dassault, the three-engine design of the Falcon 7X and Falcon 900 models are particularly prized in a region, where extended flights over inhospitable terrains are frequent and the need for versatility and safety is paramount. These jets account for more than two-thirds of the Falcons flown by Russian operators.
7X Strong in Russia
Most of the recent Falcon deliveries in Russia were 7Xs. The airplane, with its range of 5,950 nm, can connect Moscow with New York, Johannesburg or Singapore nonstop. It is also the only business jet in its class that is able to fly into airports with steep approaches, such as London City and Lugano and Sion in Switzerland. The 7X can also operate into small airfields, such as La Mole-St Tropez in France, where other jets of its size cannot.
Earlier this year Dassault received FAA and EASA approval to install the second-generation version of its EASy cockpit on the Falcon 7X. EASy II is designed to increase safety and situational awareness, while also taking advantage of next-generation technologies within air traffic management systems. EASy II is now available on all EASy-series Falcons.
Meanwhile, Dassault Falcon Service recently created a subsidiary at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport and moved its satellite service center into new premises at the Vnukovo-3 executive aviation terminal. Plans are under way to develop new maintenance capacities at Sheremetyevo with Avia Group and at Ostafyevo with Gazpromavia.
“Dassault Falcon shares Russia’s passion for aviation technology and excellence and is proud of the long time role it has played in the country’s business aviation sector,” Gautier said.