Dassault Falcon backs Abu Dhabi Air Expo
Abu Dhabi, February 28, 2013
Dassault Falcon, a global business aircraft company, will present its current range of business jet offerings at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Air Expo with plans to grow its Middle East fleet by 10 per cent over the next 18 months.
Dassault’s display at Al Bateen Executive Airport at the expo running from March 5-7 will include a Falcon 900LX and a Falcon 2000LX.
The company will deliver six Falcons to Middle East customers over the next coming months. More than 60 Falcon business jets already operate in the region. Saudia Private Aviation, which owns and operates four Falcon 7X business jets, is one of the world’s largest Falcon 7X operators.
“2012 proved to be another positive year for the company, concluding with an order from the prominent Middle East general aviation company, Wallan Aviation, for two Falcon 900 business jets,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon.
“The Middle East business jet market is maturing. The region has world class infrastructure including magnificent new airports. The economy is growing. The future remains promising.”
The Abu Dhabi Air Expo comes at a time when Dassault starts celebrating its Falcons’ 50th anniversary. Today, more than 2,000 Falcons are in operation in 80 countries around the world and aggregate fleet flight time has surpassed 16 million hours, a company statement said.
“Our company has always been a leader in this industry and we will continue to set the pace in the years ahead,” said Rosanvallon. “Moreover, the best is yet to come.”
“Falcons meet the demands of Middle East owners, offering long range and large, roomy cabins which are ideal for work or rest,” said Renaud Cloatre, Dassault Falcon’s sales director for the Middle East.
“Increasingly important is the fact that Falcons burn 20-40 per cent less fuel and offer up to 50 per cent lower operating costs than some aircraft in their class.”
The Falcon 7X is Dassault’s best-selling aircraft and accounts for about 40 per cent of all Dassault Falcon’s Middle East business jet sales.
Its 5,950 nm range allows the Falcon 7X to serve more than 90 per cent of the city pairs demanded by the typical business aviation traveler. The airplane can connect New York to Jeddah, Abu Dhabi to Perth or Cape Town to London City.
The Falcon 7X also offers unparalleled flexibility of operation. It is the only business jet in its category able to operate from short runways like La Mole St Tropez in France or to meet the demanding requirements of London City Airport, with its steep approach and noise restrictions.
The 4,000 nm Falcon 2000LXS, introduced in 2012, combines the short field performance of the 2000S and the climb and cruise capabilities of the 2000LX. The Falcon 2000LXS can fly from Abu Dhabi to London City or Hong Kong. – TradeArabia News Service
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