Nordam (Booth No. 1539) recently delivered the first shipset of cabinets for Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 7X, less than a year after being selected to produce all cabinetry for the large cabin trijet back in April 2008. A three-stage delivery of the first shipset began on March 9 from the company’s cabinetry division in Wichita, Kansas.
Dassault Aviation has announced a negative number of net orders–minus 27–for Falcon business jets during the first quarter due to cancellations. In the same period the French aircraft manufacturer delivered 11 Falcons compared with 15 in the first three months of last year, while revenues fell by 28 percent. Dassault is therefore slowing the monthly production rate for Falcons.
Dassault Falcon yesterday opened its newest Dassault Aircraft Services factory-owned service center at Reno Tahoe International Airport. The FAA issued repair station certification last week to the new facility covering maintenance on Falcon 50, 2000, 900 and 7X jets. Services available at Reno include airframe maintenance and inspection through B level, avionics, engine, aircraft support and an AOG go team.
Dassault Falcon anticipates a substantial increase in aircraft deliveries this year, but production will be cut and, according to CEO John Rosanvallon, there will be “adjustments” in the coming months in terms of cost-cutting measures.
At its annual financial analysts meeting today, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne announced a substantial increase in projected Falcon business jet deliveries this year, but noted that at the same time, “the production of green aircraft [in 2009] will be reduced as market conditions demand.” The French OEM delivered 72 business jets last year and anticipates deliveries of 90 this year.
Dassault Aviation late last month downgraded its 2008 delivery planning for Falcons, citing new FAA “constraints.” The manufacturer said the delivery rate increase that was expected for the fourth quarter will not be met, as some deliveries have been postponed to the first quarter.
Dassault Aviation has entered “exclusive negotiations” with Alcatel-Lucent to take over its 20.8-percent stake in defense electronics specialist Thales. The buyout would boost Dassault’s stake in Thales to 26 percent and mark a strong return to defense electronics for the French airframer at a time when the economic slowdown is threatening sales of business jets.
On March 30 next year Dassault Falcon will open its newest factory-owned service center at Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The service center will be housed in a 38,000-sq-ft former American Airlines hangar. Dassault will hire and train 18 mechanics for the opening, and that number is expected to grow to 40 in five years.
Dassault Aviation is close to getting approval for its Falcon 7X aircraft to operate from London City Airport. The airport is just a couple of miles from the UK capital’s financial district and has a 5.5-deg steep approach.
Over the last 12 months, the respected French builder of business jets has delivered an average of one new Falcon every month in the Middle East, increasing the current fleet to 41. Meanwhile, sales of new Falcons to customers in the area have remained on target, according to the company.