Deliveries of Falcon business jets were nearly 9 percent higher last year than forecast by Dassault Aviation, the company announced today. The French aircraft manufacturer shipped 49 Falcons last year, four more than forecast and on par with its overall number of business jet deliveries in 2016.
Order intake was also more robust as net orders for Falcons climbed to 38 units last year, up from 21 net orders in the previous year. Last year’s net orders include three cancellations for the Falcon 5X, a program that was scrubbed last month due to further issues with the Safran Silvercrest engine selected for the large-cabin business jet. In 2016, Dassault recorded 12 Falcon 5X cancellations.
As of December 31, the company’s backlog includes 52 Falcons, down from 63 Falcons a year earlier. Dassault Aviation will present full-year annual results and 2018 guidance on March 8 in Paris.