MRO specialist Jets is to further expand into Dassault Falcon maintenance at its London Biggin Hill airport base. The facility, which 328 Group acquired at the end of 2012, is an authorized service center for Falcon 2000s and Falcon 900s. “In the next 12 months we hope to further expand our remit with Dassault,” said managing director Alan Barnes. Separately, at the same site, Jets (Booth 5546) has recently appointed more engineers dedicated to the Bombardier Challenger 300.
Since Aviation Partners first flew its revolutionary Split Scimitar Winglet (SSW) on a Boeing BBJ in 2012, the aerodynamic modification has been certified by both the FAA and EASA for the 737-800/BBJ 2 version. Now the company is expecting the SSW to be certificated for the other members of the BBJ family before the end of the year.
The Dassault Falcon 7X set a new transatlantic speed record on May 2, flying the 3,465-nm trip between Teterboro, N.J., and London City Airport in 5 hours 54 minutes. Falcon 7X S/N 208 flew at an average speed of Mach 0.88 on the record jaunt, the company said. Test pilot Philippe Deleume and Dassault operational pilot Olivier Froment were at the controls, and three passengers were on board. The flight information has been sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as an official world record.
Jets marks its 10th anniversary with continued growth, particularly at London Biggin Hill Airport, where it acquired a facility in late 2012. The move saw the company expand into Dassault Falcon 2000 and 900 maintenance with its designation as an authorized service center. “In the next 12 months we hope to expand our relationship with Dassault. We also intend to bolster our work on the Challenger 300 at Biggin Hill, and have recently appointed more engineers dedicated to the type,” said Jets managing director Alan Barnes.
Business aircraft charter and management firm Elit’Avia received an aircraft operator certificate (AOC) from Transport Malta and has inducted three aircraft under this certificate. The company is now managing a Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Global XRS and Challenger 605 on the Malta aircraft registry, the latter two of which are available for charter. The Falcon will initially be operated privately.
Dassault delivered nine Falcons in the first quarter, one more than it did in the same period a year ago, the company announced today. Still, revenues at Dassault Falcon fell year-over-year by €14 million ($19.35 million), to €397 million ($548.6 million), which equates to 68 percent of net revenues at parent Dassault Aviation. During the quarter, Dassault booked orders for 12 Falcons, compared with 14 Falcons in the year-ago period.
Dassault Falcon Jet plans to bolster its parts inventory in China three-fold this summer, to 3,000 items worth $13 million. “China presents a unique set of business challenges that Dassault has been able to negotiate successfully thanks to a healthy relationship we have with the Chinese authorities. This level of parts commitment is just one example of our long-term dedication to this market,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet.
Dassault Aviation rolled out the 250th Falcon 7X this week at the aircraft manufacturer’s Charles Lindbergh Hall in Mérignac near Bordeaux, France.
The milestone trijet entered final assembly earlier this year and will fly to the Falcon completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June. It will be delivered to its customer before year-end.
Dassault Falcon saw greatly improved sales in China last year, and this year is shaping up to be strong as well, it said today at ABACE 2014. The company attributes this success in China to its investment in product support, marketing and customer service. Its customer service efforts are managed through Dassault Falcon’s wholly owned foreign entity, which is staffed by Chinese-speaking employees.
Although Dassault Falcon Jet’s current line of business jets satisfies the needs of buyers who want large, wide cabins, there is no Falcon Jet that flies as far as the ultra-long range Gulfstream G650 or upcoming Bombardier Global jets. But that should soon change, as the Falcon family is slated to see an announcement about a new member at the EBACE show in Geneva next month.