Dassault’s market share for business jets in Africa has made strides, with 10 Falcons slated for delivery in the region between now and the end of next year. Most of these orders are for the company’s flagship Falcon 7X. Eight examples of the type are already in service in the region. For the first time, Dassault Falcon will attend the Marrakech Air Show, being held tomorrow through Saturday in Morocco.
Dassault Falcon 7X
CAE is launching training services for business aircraft pilots and mechanics in Asia. Starting later this year, the company will introduce programs covering the Bombardier Global 5000, Global Express and Global XRS; the Gulfstream G450 and G550; Dassault Falcon 7X; and the Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter. Still to be determined is where in Asia CAE will install training centers to cover the new programs.
It came as no surprise to industry watchers that Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. (MSFL) won the recent Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) award for Asian Business Jet Financier of the Year. MSFL has so far signed agreements for, and placed nonrefundable deposits on, more than 100 private aircraft acquisitions in China. The firm’s total registered capital is RMB five billion ($790 million).
CAE is launching training services for business aircraft pilots and mechanics in Asia. From later this year and extending into 2013, the North American company will introduce programs covering the following seven aircraft: Bombardier’s Global 5000, Global Express and Global XRS; the Gulfstream G450 and G550; Dassault’s Falcon 7X; and the Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter.
Dassault Falcon expects to deliver 20 Falcon business aircraft a year to China over the next five years, and confirmed that it is to open Dassault Falcon Aircraft Services-China by the end of June in partnership with Shanghai Hawker Pacific.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC) to add the Dassault Falcon 7X to its Part 145 Maintenance Organization approval. This is the first approval by the CAAC for the 7X in China, according to SHPBASC.
Since the Falcon 2000’s introduction in 1996, Dassault has debuted several variants that built on its winning formula of combining a good-sized cabin, attractive fuel economy and range, plus pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.
Dassault has designed and installed a shower in the aft section of a Falcon 7X, a challenging job despite the large cabin of the business jet.
Dassault Falcon has introduced a new website specifically for the Chinese market: www.dassaultfalcon.cn. Text for the site is presented entirely in Simplified Chinese, giving full details on all Falcon aircraft.
The FAA has issued an NPRM for the Dassault Falcon 7X. An existing AD currently requires revising the Abnormal Procedures and Limitations sections of the Dassault Falcon 7X flight manual. Since issuing the AD the FAA has determined that additional actions are necessary to address the identified unsafe condition.