Dassault has just received U.S. and European certification for the Falcon 900LX large-cabin business jet, a leggier version of the 900EX. Thanks to its blended winglets, developed by Aviation Partners Inc., the Falcon 900LX features a 4,750-nm range. New city pairs for the trijet now include New York to Moscow and Mumbai to London.
Enhanced Avionics System
Certification of the EASy II flight deck, an upgrade of Dassault’s EASy integrated avionics system for current-production Falcon business jets, has been postponed to later this year, AIN has learned. In explaining the delay, Dassault said it wants the system to be “more mature” at entry into service.
“We now have an agreement in place with Hawker Pacific in Shanghai to become our next authorized service center (ASC) once all MRO approvals have been granted,” Frank Youngkin, senior vice president of Western hemisphere customer service at Dassault Falcon, told AIN today in an exclusive interview.
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.
Dassault Falcon has delivered a Falcon 7X with Honeywell’s MCS 7120 SwiftBroadband satcom system as part of an installation that brings cabin Wi-Fi and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) capabilities to the French trijet. Dassault said the installation is the first in a business jet capable of providing “fully managed” VoIP phone services in flight.
Dassault Aviation’s maintenance and operations (M&O) seminar held here in Geneva on April 1 was a prime opportunity for the Falcon business jet manufacturer to highlight customer support initiatives that it has taken in an effort to keep up with its North American competitors.
International Communications Group (ICG) has integrated its NxtLink datalink-capable Iridium communications systems (the ICS-200, 220A and 400) with Dassault Falcon’s EASy integrated avionics system on the French OEM’s Falcon 7X.
Dassault’s Falcon 7X business jet has received its type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). All in-production Falcons are now certified in the country, the French-based manufacturer added. Salesmen are very optimistic about sales in the region this year.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India recently granted type approval for the Dassault Falcon 7X. Falcon 2000s and 900s are already certified in India, and approximately 16 large-cabin Falcons are in service in the country. The first Falcon 7X in India will be delivered this month to Religare Voyages, a New Delhi-based charter firm that already operates a Falcon 2000.
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.