Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground on May 27 for a larger and technically enhanced paint shop at its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., Dassault Aviation’s largest facility outside France. The $8 million, 46,000-sq-ft facility will be used primarily for the new 5,700-nm Falcon 7X.
Dassault Falcon 50
A year after construction began, the new assembly facility for the long-range Dassault Falcon 7X is finished and has already started operations. Attendees at the inauguration on September 15 in Bordeaux, France, could see some 10 Falcon 2000 and 2000EX twinjets in the last stages of final assembly.
Dassault Aviation late last month revealed more information about its all-new airplane, which was code-named FNX when announced at the Paris Air Show in June. The French manufacturer’s contender in the ultra-long-range business jet market now has an official name–the Falcon 7X. Dassault said the airplane’s four-crew, eight-passenger 5,700-nm IFR range is optimum because it “delivers the major U.S.
Recovering sales of Falcon business jets during the first half of this year significantly bolstered group consolidated orders for Dassault Aviation. The company announced half-year results on September 16, showing orders for 28 Falcons logged between January 1 and June 30–a 75-percent increase on the 16 aircraft sold during the same period last year.
Dassault Falcon’s upcoming super-midsize (SMS) business jet, already known to have fly-by-wire flight controls and Rolls-Royce engines, remains an otherwise fluid project at this stage. Charles Edelstenne, chairman of Dassault Aviation, this morning at the NBAA Convention said that “other partners will be chosen before the end of next year,” at which time Dassault will reveal more details about the proposed airplane.
Dassault is inching closer to the launch of its new super-midsize business jet, the latest in its Falcon line. Charles Edelstenne, Dassault chairman and CEO, confirmed in Paris last month that the company would unveil development details of the super-midsize next year. Dassault has defined most of the characteristics of the eight- to 10-seat, long-range aircraft, and selection of the main partners is under way.
Premier Aircraft brought two of its newly certified Dassault Falcon 50 Dash4s to the NBAA static display, the first time the modified Falcon 50 has been shown at an NBAA show.
Dassault Aviation is progressing with its plans for a super midsize Falcon scheduled for an official launch at the end of the year. The French manufacturer has selected a 10,000-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce engine for the airplane, which is projected to enter service in 2013. The cooperation between Dassault and Rolls-Royce is their first in business aviation.
For years, Dassault’s marketing executives maintained the position that Falcon business jets flew perfectly well without the aerodynamic benefits of winglets. But then something strange happened. People started seeing winglet-equipped Falcons being test flown in the skies above Seattle, and rumors began swirling that Dassault might be about to change its stance on winglets.
Dassault Falcon Service (Booth No. 1357) has spent much of this year preparing to provide support for the new Falcon 7X. The factory-owned service center at Paris Le Bourget Airport has already made a significant investment in training and tooling, and is expanding its facilities to accommodate the French airframer’s largest model.