Speaking yesterday in Paris to employees, Dassault Aviation chairman Charles Edelstenne announced the long-awaited launch of a new Falcon in the super-midsize business jet segment, a company spokesman confirmed to AIN. The French manufacturer has previously revealed that the airplane, codenamed SMS (for super-midsize), will have fly-by-wire flight controls and an advanced glass cockpit.
The choice of a multi-role fighter aircraft for the Polish air force could result in the launch of a “private jet” in Poland, depending on the offset proposals of the winning bidder. In competition are Lockheed Martin (F-16), SAAB-British Aerospace (Gripen) and Dassault Aviation (Mirage 2000). The contract is expected to be signed in the first quarter of this year and the offset agreements are required to be signed within 60 days after that.
Even with a new hangar dedicated to cabin outfitting of its Falcon 7X, French aircraft manufacturer Dassault is not meeting scheduled delivery dates for the new flagship trijet.
“The ramp-up has been a little slower than expected,” Dassault Falcon president John Rosanvallon told AIN.
Libya plans to buy 14 Dassault Rafale fighters as part of an arms package agreed by French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Libyan leader Muammar Ghadaffi during a state visit to Paris this month. The package, which is worth $5.8 billion, also includes 35 Eurocopter helicopters and the return-to-service and upgrade of Libya’s Mirage F1 fighter fleet.
Serge Dassault, 79-year-old patriarch of leading business and military aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, at last has realized his dream of becoming a French lawmaker following his election to the French Senate at the end of September. Meanwhile, his newly acquired daily newspaper is already causing him a headache.
According to Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, the French aircraft manufacturer is planning on moving some of its activities out of Europe because of the weak dollar’s effect on its bottom line. The company’s production is based in Europe and its costs are calculated in euros, but it sells its airplanes in dollars. Since 2005, the U.S. dollar has depreciated 30 percent against the euro.
The pace of orders and deliveries for Dassault Falcons slowed significantly during the first half of this year, company officials said at a press conference on October 1 at Dassault’s Saint-Cloud headquarters near Paris.
This morning Saudi Arabian Airlines plans to sign an agreement with Dassault Falcon for seven Falcon 7X long-range business jets–four firm and three optioned. The first is scheduled for delivery in 2009.
Dassault has established a full-time sales office in Dubai as well as a dedicated spare parts distribution center and authorized service center, all to meet stepped-up demand for the French business jet builder’s family of airplanes, in particular the long-range Falcon 7X.
Dassault Aviation (Stand W406) is at the Dubai Air Show for the first time since it named Jet Aviation’s facility here its UAE authorized service center. Jet Aviation’s purpose-built Dubai FBO has 45,192 square feet of hangar space; a 10,760-sq-ft shop area; and an 11,300-sq-ft, two-story terminal building.