This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
In support of the French government’s efforts to stem the Covid-19 outbreak, Dassault has provided two of its business jets to the French Defense Ministry to supply logistics and medical support for civilian coronavirus control activities. The aircraft—a Falcon 8X and Falcon 900—carry 15 and 13 passengers respectively, and are operated by Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), the manufacturer’s maintenance and flight operations support subsidiary based at Le Bourget Airport. DFS also provides the flight crews.
The two business jets are being used as part of Operation Resilience, and the first mission took place on April 5, carrying a team of 26 doctors and medical personnel from Brest to Paris. Depending on the needs of the government, one or both of the aircraft—which can land at small airports in all weather, without the need for ground infrastructure—are available to the French Air Force’s Air Defense and Air Operations Command for the transport of medical teams and equipment throughout France and across the globe.