Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne is confident about the future of the French company’s broadening line of Falcons as it ramps up completion efforts for the 7X and prepares to launch its new super-midsize jet. But the pressure of a weakening dollar that is affecting all European aerospace companies is making the company cautious about future models.
GKN Aerospace is targeting $4 billion in annual sales by 2017, double its current level, and the UK-based group has already won much of the business it needs to achieve that total.
The company has achieved most of its dramatic growth to date–from sales of just $150 million in 1994 when GKN acquired the former Westland Aerospace to $2 billion today–through acquisitions, but going forward more of it will be organic.
After a successful flight program and anticipated certification, Aviation Partners Inc. (API) is announcing the Hawker 800SP blended winglet program, with initial customer deliveries beginning early next year.
The 2008 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) was an important litmus test to measure how the global business aviation marketplace might ride into a downturn on the coat-tails of a U.S. recession. Happily, the industry got some clear and positive results, with almost $5.4 billion in new aircraft orders being announced during the eighth staging of the annual event in Geneva (May 20-22).
DeCrane Aircraft Systems’ PATS unit recently completed a 42,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Sussex County Airport in Georgetown, Del. The two hangars can now simultaneously accommodate up to five Boeing Business Jets. PATS is an authorized BBJ service center and recently began interior completions on a BBJ. PATS is the Boeing-authorized installation facility for BBJ winglets and long-range auxiliary fuel systems.
Here yesterday Dassault introduced a new version of the Falcon 900 large business jet–the 900LX, which features a 4,800-nm range thanks to the addition of winglets.
Dassault today introduced the Falcon 900LX, a new version of the large business jet that features 4,800-nm NBAA IFR range thanks to the addition of winglets. With a 300-nm improvement in range, the $41 million Falcon 900LX is slated to replace the 900EX when it enters service in 2010. The all-composite winglets, which were originally created for the Falcon 2000LX, call for more wing reinforcement on the 900LX due to higher wing loading.
No fewer than 10 Boeing 757-200s–both VIP and head-of-state aircraft–now benefit from Aviation Partners’ Performance Enhancing Blended Winglet Systems, the company reported as it prepared for business at EBACE this year. The company places the global market for Blended Winglet VIP and head-of-state upgrades at some 25 Boeing 757-200s, five 767-300ERs and 25 Boeing 737 NG and Classic airframes.
Dassault Aviation is here at EBACE talking about new equipment options it has in the works or has already completed for its Falcon business jets, and is explaining what it is doing to speed up Falcon 7X completions.
To those outside Boeing, you are, and probably will be for a long time, associated most closely with the Boeing Business Jet. How did that happen?