Serge Dassault has purchased three local newspapers in the area in which he is expected to campaign for a seat in the French National Assembly in next year’s legislative elections. The three weekly newspapers were bought from Semif, a subsidiary of the France Antilles group owned by press magnate Philippe Hersant.
G. Edison Allen, chief pilot and director of aviation for Dassault Falcon Jet and a well known figure in business aviation, died on April 25. The following address was given by John Rosanvallon, president of Dassault Falcon Jet, at Allen’s funeral in Eastman, Ga., on May 5:
Independent cabin completion and refurbishment specialist Duncan Aviation recently signed a long-term contract with Dassault Aviation to complete green Falcon 7Xs. According to a spokesman for Duncan, the first 7X arrived last Saturday at its Lincoln, Neb. facility and is due to emerge as a finished airplane in the first quarter of next year.
Dassault Falcon has rearranged its two support organizations for Falcons, combining the eastern and western hemisphere customer service organizations under Jacques Chauvet as senior vice president, worldwide customer service, a new position. Reporting to Chauvet is former senior v-p for customer support Gerry Goguen, whose new role is senior vice president for customer relations and business strategy.
AINtv’s David Lombardo talks with Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO John Rosanvallon about the future of Dassault and the Falcon 7X. Click here to view.
The Dassault family again holds the majority share of Dassault Aviation, with 50.01 percent of the French aircraft manufacturer’s stock.
Dassault Aviation CEO and Gifas chairman Charles Edelstenne, speaking at French aerospace trade group Gifas’s annual meeting last month, said the French aerospace industry wrote a record E57.5 billion in orders last year but warned, “These results hide a very worrying reality. With the euro currently valued at over $1.50, orders are less profitable” since the aerospace industry sells its products in U.S. dollars.
Dassault Aviation CEO and Gifas chairman Charles Edelstenne had a sobering message for the European community despite presenting news that the French aerospace industry wrote a record €57.5 billion in orders last year. Speaking today at French aerospace trade group Gifas’s annual meeting, Edelstenne warned, “These results hide a very worrying reality.
Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne today released last year’s sales and financial results for the French aircraft manufacturer. For the third consecutive year, Dassault set a record for business jet sales, with firm orders for 212 Falcons. “The results are a tremendous statement to the benefits of business aviation, which are only now being understood in some areas of the world,” said Edelstenne.
Dassault Aviation, which next month will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the Mystère/Falcon 20, said it has managed to stay afloat despite the current global aerospace crisis thanks to its Falcon products. But Charles Edelstenne, the group’s chairman, already predicts lower revenues for its business aviation division this year because of the “present climate and the consequences of conflict with Iraq.”