Dassault Says Falcon Orders Remain Strong

 - October 6, 2008, 11:51 AM

Conceding that the market has suffered a “significant slowdown” in the U.S. and Europe in the past few months, Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, speaking at an NBAA breakfast gathering today, noted nevertheless that the order book at Dassault Falcon remains “solid, with very few cancellations.” He said that the company has sold 500 aircraft worldwide over the past three years. Company patriarch Serge Dassault was on hand to observe the proceedings and renew old acquaintances, having flown here in his Falcon 7X. There are now 18 Falcon 7Xs in service (the fleet leader has logged 1,300 hours and 600 landings), and more than 100 currently in various stages of construction; S/N 80 is in final assembly at Dassault’s facility in Merignac, France. CAE’s facilities in Morristown, N.J. and Burgess Hill, England have now trained 170 Falcon 7X pilots and 250 technicians. Edelstenne blamed the company’s “challenges” with Falcon 7X completions on the diversity of floor plans offered and on some FAA rule changes that caught the company by surprise. However, he assured the audience, “We will spare no effort to make this right.”