Dassault’s in-development Falcon 2000S large-cabin business jet is beating its initial performance objectives, the French manufacturer of business jet and fighter jets said yesterday at EBACE. CEO of Dassault Aviation, Charles Edelstenne, was bullish about prospects for sales and told journalists at the company’s press conference that the market is in “a slow transition to recovery.”
Dassault Aviation (Stand 7090) said it received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for steep approaches on all Falcon 900 and 2000 series models fitted with the EASy flight deck, based on Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics suite. Both model series had earlier received steep-approach certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
In the first quarter, French aircraft manufacturer Dassault delivered 15 Falcons, versus nine a year ago. Dassault Falcon’s revenues thus increased by 66 percent year-over-year, to €644 million ($837 million). The company reported net orders for 10 Falcons, with no cancellations, in the quarter, down from 11 in the same period last year. By value, these orders represented €450 million ($585 million), a 29-percent increase.
Dassault Aviation received net orders for 36 Falcons last year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said in March during the company’s annual presentation in Paris, noting a major improvement over 2010, when cancellations took the net total to minus nine. The 2011 orders represented a value of €1.93 billion ($2.5 billion), and the Falcon backlog now stands at €4.2 billion ($5.5 billion).
Dassault’s market share for business jets in Africa has made strides, with 10 Falcons slated for delivery in the region between now and the end of next year. Most of these orders are for the company’s flagship Falcon 7X. Eight examples of the type are already in service in the region. For the first time, Dassault Falcon will attend the Marrakech Air Show, being held tomorrow through Saturday in Morocco.
Today at Abace, Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre at Hongqiao International Airport was confirmed as Dassault’s new Falcon service center in China. The operation should be up and running by the end of June, Dassault said. The contract was signed on the show floor by Frank Youngkin, Dassault Falcon’s senior vice president for customer service; Carey Matthews, general manager of the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre; and SHPBAS deputy general manager George Lu.
Dassault plans to open a new service center for its Falcon business jets at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport in partnership with the host of this year’s ABACE event, Shanghai Hawker Pacific. The facility should be open by the end of June.
Dassault Aviation received net orders for 36 Falcons last year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said today in Paris, noting a major improvement over 2010 when the net total was minus nine due to cancellations. These 2011 orders represented a value of €1.93 billion ($2.5 billion), and the Falcon backlog now stands at €4.2 billion ($5.5 billion).
Jet Aviation is discontinuing completions of Dassault Falcons at its Basel, Switzerland facility, after the center had outfitted more than 130 Falcons under contract with Dassault Aviation, due to lack of demand, according to Jet Aviation spokesman Heinz Aebi.
Jet Aviation has been doing cabin completion work for the French OEM since 1996, including the Falcon 50, 900, 2000 and 7X models. According to Aebi, the 132ndFalcon business jet completed by Jet Aviation was recently delivered two weeks ahead of schedule, “with no open delivery items.”
Dassault Aviation released consolidated financial results for 2011 today, reporting €3.3 billion ($4.4 billion) in overall revenues for both its military and civil segments. This was 21 percent below revenues in 2010. While it didn’t release separate civil and military revenues, data released last week by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association shows that Dassault delivered 63 Falcon business jets worth $2.7 billion last year, down from 95 Falcons worth $3.9 billion in 2010. This indicates that civil aircraft revenues dropped by some 30 percent last year.