The strong business aviation presence at Malaysia’s LIMA air show held last month on the island of Langkawi was testament to the fact that the industry’s growth in the Asia Pacific region extends well beyond China.
Dassault Falcon 7X
Dassault received FAA certification for its Falcon 2000S and 2000LXS, the company announced today. These approvals come just days after EASA gave its nod for the two new twinjets. Both models feature the EASy II flight deck and FalconCabin HD+ entertainment system. The first Falcon 2000S was delivered to a Turkish customer today, according to the French aircraft manufacturer.
While already known as Asia’s biggest business jet leasing firm, Minsheng Financial Leasing (MSFL) quietly launched its own aircraft-operating unit here at ABACE 2013. The company recently purchased Beijing-based charter provider Citic General Aviation, which operated a small fleet consisting of a Dassault Falcon 900DX, a Falcon 2000 and a Falcon 7X, and is in the process of rebranding it into a new subsidiary known as Minsheng International Jet.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, which is the host facility for ABACE at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, chalked up an aviation first in China when it received approval last month from the CAAC, China’s airworthiness authority, for maintenance on the Dassault Falcon 900 series, which includes the 900DX, 900LX and 900EX EASy models.
At Dassault Falcon’s ABACE 2013 press conference yesterday the news was all good. “In January we formed a full Chinese subsidiary known as Dassault Falcon Business Services Company, located in Beijing,” Jean Rosanvallon, CEO of Dassault Falcon, told AIN. The French company has been doing well in Asia, with its flagship 7X aircraft, in particular, selling very well. Rosanvallon said that, as of 2011, China has become Dassault Falcon’s number-one market, even ahead of the U.S.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC), host facility for ABACE 2012, chocked up an “Aviation First in China” when it received approval from the CAAC, China’s airworthiness authority, last month for maintenance on the Dassault Falcon 900 series, which includes the 900DX, 900LX and 900EX EASy models.
The second-annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) kicks off next week at the Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre FBO at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in China, and it promises to play a vital role in stimulating and facilitating growth in the adoption of business aircraft as productivity tools in the region.
Falcon operators have additional support from Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) with the opening of a new satellite service station in Van Nuys, Calif. It will provide troubleshooting and line maintenance for all Falcon 50s, 900s and 2000s as well as the Falcon 7X.
EASA certified the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS large-cabin business jets on Monday, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier announced today during the firm’s annual press event in Paris. The manufacturer previously predicted Falcon 2000S certification last year, while the EASA’s nod for the Falcon 2000LXS was anticipated for the first half of this year.
Dassault Falcon celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Falcon 2000 this week at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013. The first flight of the large-cabin Falcon twinjet took place in March 1993 in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France.