Dassault Aviation joined the Falcon 5X’s main center fuselage subassemblies–the front and rear lower subassemblies and the upper subassembly–in mid-April, the company announced on Thursday. This is a milestone for the 5,200-nm wide-cabin twinjet, which the French OEM expects to fly in the first half of next year and enter service in 2017.
Dassault has launched a major extension of the Charles Lindbergh Hall, the Falcon 7X final assembly line at its Bordeaux Mérignac production site in France. The extension adds 260,000 sq ft and means the facility will be able to accommodate another 14 Falcon 7Xs. Construction started in November last year and the new building should be operational early next year.
EADS has found a solution to save 650 out of 1,050 jobs at the Bordeaux facility of its Sogerma Services subsidiary. France-based TAT group, which now operates its maintenance, repair and overhaul business under the Sabena Technics brand, is taking over the site’s maintenance activity. This will account for 500 employees. EADS will keep the aerostructures activity–another 150 jobs.