Dassault Aviation is poised to name a successor to long-standing chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, who is due to retire on January 9 after more than half a century of service at the French aerospace group. A company spokesman told AIN today that an announcement of a successor will be made “in the next few days.”
Teterboro, N.J.-based Dassault Falcon Jet–the wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation that is responsible for Falcon sales and service in the Americas, Pacific Rim and China–celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday. On Dec. 1, 1972, executives from Pan American Airways and Dassault Aviation signed an agreement to form what is now known as Dassault Falcon Jet to expand the U.S. market with Pan American, the launch customer for the Falcon 20.
In releasing its financial results for the third quarter today, Dassault Aviation said it received orders for 37 Falcons during the first nine months of this year. Meanwhile, it delivered 43 business jets in the same period. This compares favorably to last year, with orders for 30 Falcons and 35 deliveries during the first nine months. The French manufacturer said it expects to meet its goal of approximately 65 Falcon deliveries this year.
CAE has become the first independent training provider to be qualified as a Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved training organization for maintenance training for Dassault Falcons under China’s CCAR-147 regulation. The approval enables CAE to deploy maintenance training courses in China for the 7X, 900EX EASy, 900DX, 900LX, 2000EX EASy, 2000DX and 2000LX. CAE has yet to announce where the training center will be located or when it will go into operation.
Dassault Aviation received net orders for 36 Falcons last year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said today in Paris, noting a major improvement over 2010 when the net total was minus nine due to cancellations. These 2011 orders represented a value of €1.93 billion ($2.5 billion), and the Falcon backlog now stands at €4.2 billion ($5.5 billion).
Dassault Aviation released consolidated financial results for 2011 today, reporting €3.3 billion ($4.4 billion) in overall revenues for both its military and civil segments. This was 21 percent below revenues in 2010. While it didn’t release separate civil and military revenues, data released last week by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association shows that Dassault delivered 63 Falcon business jets worth $2.7 billion last year, down from 95 Falcons worth $3.9 billion in 2010. This indicates that civil aircraft revenues dropped by some 30 percent last year.
Antoine Ajarrista was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock completion center. Ajarrista served as senior vice president of operational control at the Little Rock facility for the past three-and-a-half years. A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris, with a master’s of science degree in engineering, Ajarrista was production director at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac facility before moving to Little Rock.
Dassault Falcon has promoted Antoine Ajarrista to senior vice president and general manager of its Little Rock Completion Center in Arkansas. He replaces Frederic Lherm, who was named senior vice president of industrial operations for Dassault Aviation in St. Cloud, France. As general manager, Ajarrista oversees all day-to-day operations of Dassault’s largest facility, which is responsible for the completion of nearly all Falcons. For the past three-and-a-half years he has served as senior vice president of operational control in Little Rock.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is viewed by many as mainly a U.S.-centric organization, but in reality it is global. In fact, GAMA held its first board meeting outside of the U.S. last Friday in Bordeaux, France. It also has a permanent representative in Brussels and is considering adding another in Beijing, GAMA immediate past chairman–and current Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO–John Rosanvallon told AIN at the Dubai Air Show.
Dassault Falcon kicked off its traditional Falcon Family breakfast at NBAA 2011 with a message from chairman Charles Edestenne that the industry must unite to combat threats to its development. He stressed that business aviation is not a luxury, rather, it buys time, which he described as an essential competitive advantage in today’s world.