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 Falcon 900
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 Gulfs
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.
After two years of development work, Aviation Partners has achieved European and U.S. approval for “high-Mach” blended winglets on Dassault’s Falcon 2000 family of jets. The Seattle, Washington-based company is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1655) with a freshly minted FAA and EASA supplemental type certificate for the latest modification (FAA STC ST01987SE, obtained on April 16).
Dassault Falcon Service has expanded its maintenance facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The 10-month project has added 41,000 sq ft of hangar space, sufficient to accommodate four Falcon 7Xs or seven Falcon 900s simultaneously, and an additional 9,000 sq ft of office and warehouse space.
Dassault Falcon last month announced the long-anticipated upgrade to the Honeywell Primus Epic-based EASy (Enhanced Avionics System) flight deck: the EASy Phase II system with synthetic-vision system (SVS) technology.
Dassault Falcon 900C and 900EX owners will soon be able to receive flight-deck facelifts, thanks to a Honeywell retrofit program announced at last month’s NBAA Convention by StandardAero. The company will be the launch partner for the program and will generate the first STC for Honeywell’s DU-875 in a program that is expected to be completed late next year.
Conceding that the market has suffered a “significant slowdown in the U.S. and Europe in the past few months,” Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, speaking here at a breakfast gathering yesterday, noted nevertheless that the order book at Dassault Falcon remains “solid, with very few cancellations.” He said that the company has sold 500 aircraft worldwide over the past three years.