The Dassault Falcon 7X set a new transatlantic speed record on May 2, flying the 3,465-nm trip between Teterboro, N.J., and London City Airport in 5 hours 54 minutes. Falcon 7X S/N 208 flew at an average speed of Mach 0.88 on the record jaunt, the company said. Test pilot Philippe Deleume and Dassault operational pilot Olivier Froment were at the controls, and three passengers were on board. The flight information has been sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as an official world record.
Dassault is considering using a large proportion of composite materials on the next generation of Falcons. “Hopefully we will have a full composite wing 10 years from now,” an executive at the company’s Biarritz factory, which has expertise in composites manufacturing, told AIN.
The rationale is that the expected weight reduction will provide fuel savings. Another executive at the Bordeaux Martignas plant, which specializes in wings–so far made of aluminum alloys–confirmed the new path.
Dassault Aviation rolled out the 250th Falcon 7X this week at the aircraft manufacturer’s Charles Lindbergh Hall in Mérignac near Bordeaux, France.
The milestone trijet entered final assembly earlier this year and will fly to the Falcon completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June. It will be delivered to its customer before year-end.
Although Dassault Falcon Jet’s current line of business jets satisfies the needs of buyers who want large, wide cabins, there is no Falcon Jet that flies as far as the ultra-long range Gulfstream G650 or upcoming Bombardier Global jets. But that should soon change, as the Falcon family is slated to see an announcement about a new member at the EBACE show in Geneva next month.
As already reported by AIN, Dassault Aviation will launch a new Falcon business jet at May’s EBACE show in Geneva. At a press conference in Paris on Thursday to announce its annual financial results, the French group’s CEO, Eric Trappier, confirmed its intention to introduce an aircraft currently being developed under the name “M 1000” but declined to give any other details.
Dassault Aviation delivered nine Falcon business jets to operators in the Middle East last year, pushing the Falcon fleet in the region to almost 70 aircraft. “We are on a trend to increase our fleet by 10 percent. That is what we managed to do last year,” said Renauld Cloatre, Dassault’s Dubai-based Falcon sales director, speaking at the Air Expo show in Abu Dhabi today.
Business jet operator Jet Management Europe (JME) has signed a maintenance support agreement with JetSupport. Under the terms of the contract, the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport-based MRO will provide JME with services ranging from hangarage and departure services to maintenance for JME’s two Falcon 900s stationed at Schiphol.
JetSupport managing director Ton van Deursen said the agreement launches what is intended to be a long-term relationship between the two parties.
FAI Technik has been awarded maintenance approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands. The MRO employs 50 people at its maintenance facilities at Nuremberg International Airport, Germany. The site features a 53,820-sq-ft hangar, in addition to a 43,000-sq-ft space that houses workshops and engineering and administration offices. FAI Technik provides line and base maintenance for the Bombardier Learjet 31/35/36/45/60, Challenger 604/605, CRJ100/200 and Global Express; and line maintenance for the Dassault Falcon 7X.
Dassault Falcon Jet is seeing a surge of interest in its Falcon business jets in Southeast Asia, according to president and CEO John Rosanvallon, who highlighted Indonesia as the latest market hotspot on the eve of this year’s Singapore Airshow. Dassault is exhibiting its Falcon 7X and 2000LX aircraft here this week.
Dassault Falcon has approved Air Alsie of Denmark as an authorized line maintenance service center for Falcons. Part of the Sandma Holding group, Sønderborg Airport-based Air Alsie has a 33,500-sq-ft hangar that includes a maintenance shop and storage space.
Air Alsie, which has more than 20 years of experience servicing Falcons, provides scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the 7X, 2000 and the 2000 EASy series, including the DX, LX and newly certified 2000S.