Dassault unveiled its latest Falcon business jet today here in Geneva on the eve of the EBACE show. The new Falcon 2000S is very much aligned with the tough economic times, being a lower cost derivative of the Falcon 2000 that replaces the slow-selling Falcon DX, and may even compete with competitors’ smaller super-midsize jets.
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Dassault’s unexpected announcement here in Geneva on Monday of the new 2000S model fills a crucial entry-level gap at the lower end of the Falcon family. It also suggests that the company’s long-planned SMS development will in fact fit a different niche than its “super-midsize” working title suggests.
Dassault has ceased production of its Falcon 2000DX and Falcon 900DX, CEO Charles Edelstenne revealed at the company’s annual press conference on March 17. Another company official explained to AIN that the small market for the airplanes–only a handful are produced each year–did not justify their continued production. The DX letters designated shorter-range versions of the Falcon 2000 and 900, offered at a hoped-for attractive price.
Speaking at Dassault’s annual press conference today, CEO Charles Edelstenne revealed that the company has ceased production of two slow-selling business jet models–the Falcon 2000DX and 900DX. Another company official explained to AIN that their production rate–only a handful per year–was not justified from a business perspective. Therefore, remaining in production are the Falcon 2000LX, the Falcon 900LX and the Falcon 7X.
Dassault is about to receive certification for a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut Falcon 2000-series landing distances, chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN last month. The technique will reduce landing distances by approximately 150 feet, thus helping the 2000DX/EX/LX meet London City Airport requirements.
Certification of the EASy II flight deck, an upgrade of Dassault’s EASy integrated avionics system for current-production Falcon business jets, has been postponed to later this year, AIN has learned. In explaining the delay, Dassault said it wants the system to be “more mature” at entry into service.
Users of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines can look forward to access to more training locations and online learning tools becoming available to them in the fourth quarter of this year under an agreement signed by the Montreal-based turbine-engine builder and FlightSafety International earlier this year. P&WC announced the agreement at a press conference yesterday here at EBACE.
Dassault is set to receive certification of a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut the landing distances of several Falcon 2000-series airplanes, thus helping the types obtain approval for operations into London City airport. “The system is transparent to the pilot,” chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN today at EBACE. During the approach, the crew just has to activate the autobrake button.
Dassault Aviation last month reported its 2009 sales and delivery totals, and the numbers were mixed. The company ended the year with a net tally of minus 163 Falcon orders but a record 77 deliveries. The company has no plans for job cuts in France, although it has slashed the U.S. workforce by 20 percent since the beginning of the downturn.
To provide Falcon operators throughout the southeastern U.S., Caribbean and South America with the highest level of service and convenience, Fort Lauderdale-based Banyan Air Service (Booth No. 4029) is now offering an extensive array of inspection and upgrade services. “Our commitment to support the Falcon