The first quarter of 2010 has been a disappointment in terms of aircraft sales and shows that the market is not yet recovering, Dassault CEO Charles Edelstenne told a press conference here in Geneva yesterday.
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For Cessna Mustang owner Jeff Greenberg, NBAA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention just wasn’t long enough. Attracted to the event held last month in Orlando by NBAA’s more than 1,000 exhibitors and the Light Business Airplane Conference sessions, Greenberg said he really wished the show lasted one more day.
Like other business jet OEMs, Dassault Falcon is suffering from the effects of the global downturn. But some parts of the world are rebounding faster than others, according to the French airframer. “Yes, the market has been challenging this past year, and we don’t expect any significant change until the middle of next year,” said Charles Edelstenne, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 3593) has finally received local government approval to build a 75-room hotel after 15 years of lobbying. According to the privately owned airport, the four-star hotel is vital to its growth strategy and that of its tenants–providing convenient accommodation for visiting flight crew, technical staff and other visitors.
Dassault Aviation this morning reported a negative order intake for the first half of this year due to Falcon business jet order cancellations. While the company logged €900 million ($1.28 billion) in Falcon sales in the first half, down slightly from the €1.1 billion ($1.56 billion) recorded in the same period last year, business jet order cancellations far exceeded sales.
Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne on Friday made it clear that all design choices for its next Falcon business jet, a super-midsize aircraft codenamed SMS, have been reopened–including the engine. During a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Saint-Cloud, near Paris, Edelstenne also commented on the tricky economic situation, saying further layoffs might be decided by year-end.
Two Spanish charter operators announced additions to their charter fleets here at EBACE.
Madrid-based Executive Airlines (Booth No. 542), the second largest business aviation operator in Spain, took delivery of its ninth Gulfstream G200 on April 6. The company claims to be the largest Gulfstream operator in Europe. It counts four G550s, nine G200s and three G150s among its total fleet of 25 business jets.
Honeywell said today at EBACE that it is closing in on certification of several long-awaited avionics upgrades for Gulfstream and Dassault business jets, including functionality for future air navigation system (FANS1/A), wide-area augmentation system localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS LPV) and required navigation performance special aircraft and aircrew authorization required (RNP SAAAR) operations in PlaneView-equipped Gulfst
Dassault Aviation unveiled a new interior for its Falcon 7X jet here at EBACE yesterday. The cabin was developed with BMW DesignworksUSA, a specialist design house which is part of the BMW car group.