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 Aviation posted strong financial numbers for the first six months of this year. First-half consolidated sales for the French aircraft manufacturer jumped to $2.44 billion from $1.92 billion in the same period last year. Revenues from the Falcon division now account for 57 percent of the company’s income, on par with last year.
Dassault Falcon’s customer service organization has completed the initial phase of a comprehensive initiative to improve the quality of service customers to its call center receive.
Dassault Aircraft Services plans to double the size of its Little Rock Service Center and is simultaneously implementing a multi-year expansion plan at Dassault Falcon’s Wilmington, Del. facility on New Castle County Airport. The Wilmington plan includes using an existing 22,000-sq-ft hangar for completions and adding more than 100 employees.
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.
CMC Electronics (Booth No. 7433) has announced three new products–an enhanced flight vision system (EFVS), an electronic flight bag (EFB) and a new flight management system (FMS).
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.
The Dassault Falcon 2000 series is getting a facelift, with increased range for the Falcon 2000LX (which replaces the 2000EX) and slightly less range for the Falcon 2000DX (which supersedes the Falcon 2000). Flight tests are under way and both airplanes are expected to be certified late this year. Deliveries should follow early next year.
Dassault Aircraft Services announced an expansion of its company-owned Little Rock, Ark. service center in a $10 million expenditure that will nearly double the size of the existing facility and add around 100 jobs. Plans call for a new hangar capable of accommodating up to six additional aircraft as well as new “back shop” capabilities such as interior and structure refurbishment, which are typically handled by the completions center.