Dassault is working quietly on the design for what could become a supersonic business jet (SSBJ). In June the French aircraft manufacturer announced the creation of a “common working group” with Sukhoi to study such an aircraft.
Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne is confident about the future of the French company’s broadening line of Falcons as it ramps up completion efforts for the 7X and prepares to launch its new super-midsize jet. But the pressure of a weakening dollar that is affecting all European aerospace companies is making the company cautious about future models.
Remote-controlled model specialist Aviation Design has started offering 1/7th model kits of the Dassault Falcon 7X business jet and expects many of the customers to be pilots of full-size aircraft. EBACE Convention News was able to see the E10,000 ($15,500) model flying at Lausanne airport, on the north side of Lake Geneva, on Sunday.
Serge Dassault has purchased three local newspapers in the area in which he is expected to campaign for a seat in the French National Assembly in next year’s legislative elections. The three weekly newspapers were bought from Semif, a subsidiary of the France Antilles group owned by press magnate Philippe Hersant.
G. Edison Allen, chief pilot and director of aviation for Dassault Falcon Jet and a well known figure in business aviation, died on April 25. The following address was given by John Rosanvallon, president of Dassault Falcon Jet, at Allen’s funeral in Eastman, Ga., on May 5:
Independent cabin completion and refurbishment specialist Duncan Aviation recently signed a long-term contract with Dassault Aviation to complete green Falcon 7Xs. According to a spokesman for Duncan, the first 7X arrived last Saturday at its Lincoln, Neb. facility and is due to emerge as a finished airplane in the first quarter of next year.
Dassault Falcon has rearranged its two support organizations for Falcons, combining the eastern and western hemisphere customer service organizations under Jacques Chauvet as senior vice president, worldwide customer service, a new position. Reporting to Chauvet is former senior v-p for customer support Gerry Goguen, whose new role is senior vice president for customer relations and business strategy.
AINtv’s David Lombardo talks with Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO John Rosanvallon about the future of Dassault and the Falcon 7X. Click here to view.
The Dassault family again holds the majority share of Dassault Aviation, with 50.01 percent of the French aircraft manufacturer’s stock.
Dassault Aviation CEO and Gifas chairman Charles Edelstenne, speaking at French aerospace trade group Gifas’s annual meeting last month, said the French aerospace industry wrote a record E57.5 billion in orders last year but warned, “These results hide a very worrying reality. With the euro currently valued at over $1.50, orders are less profitable” since the aerospace industry sells its products in U.S. dollars.