The 200th Falcon 7X rolled off the production line at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production facility in southern France on July 9, and the aircraft has since entered the final cabin completion process. “We are especially proud of this milestone,” said Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon. “The 7X is clearly the best seller in the current Falcon family and remains one of the most sought-after jets in itscategory.”
After pioneering digital design in the aerospace industry 25 years ago, Dassault Aviation has implemented what it calls “the digital factory.” The Falcon 7X was the first aircraft to be produced using this concept, and the result was some impressive gains in manufacturing efficiency. Now Dassault has taken digitization one step further, by simulating the processes of aircraft completion and maintenance.
Delta AirElite Business Jets recently announced that it is the first U.S. charter operator to add a Dassault (Booth No. 235) Falcon 7X to its fleet. The 5,950-nm-range trijet will be based in the Rocky Mountain region, the charter firm said. The Falcon 7X is on display this week at Orlando Executive Airport.
Delta AirElite Business Jets last month added a Dassault Falcon 7X to its fleet. It claims to be the first U.S. charter operator to add the airplane to its fleet. The 5,950-nm-range trijet will be based in the Rocky Mountain region, the charter firm said.
Even with a dedicated hangar at its Little Rock, Ark. completions facility, French aircraft manufacturer Dassault is not meeting scheduled delivery dates of its new 5,950-nm Falcon 7X trijet. “The ramp-up has been a little slower than expected,” Dassault Falcon president John Rosanvallon told AIN, because of higher-than-planned cabin customization requests that have placed more demand for new parts and engineering design work.
From new Cessna Citations to new versions of Hawker Beechcrafts to clean-sheet designs like Dassault Falcon’s fly-by-wire 7X, the world of business jets continues to grow.
At a ceremony Friday in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France, Dassault Aviation received type certification for the Falcon 7X from the EASA and the FAA. Pilot training began the same day at the new CAE facility in Morristown, N.J. The trijet is expected to enter service before the end of next month, about a year later than targeted when the aircraft was unveiled in October 2001. The 5,950-nm Falcon 7X accomplished many firsts, according to Dassault.
At today’s annual financial analyst meeting, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne announced record results for the second consecutive year for Falcons. Last year the company recorded firm sales for 158 jets, including an order from NetJets Europe for 24 Falcon 7X trijets. “Driven by growth outside North America, the worldwide market for business jets remained impressive in 2006,” said Edelstenne.