Russia continues to be a very strong market for Falcon jets in 2014. The importance of this strategic market will be reflected in the large Dassault exhibit at Jet Expo 2014, which opens on September 4 at the Vnukovo 3 business aviation complex.
The 325 sq meter booth will be the largest at Vnukovo. Among the highlights of the exhibit will be a full scale mockup of the brand-new Falcon 5X extra wide body twin.
Dassault registered as many Russian orders in the first half as in all of 2013, leading the company to predict an excellent sales year in the region. Demand has been particularly strong for the Falcon 5X and the new ultra-long range Falcon 8X, unveiled in May. Sales and deliveries have also been led by the popular Falcon 7X, more than 20 of which are currently flying with Russian operators.
“The flexibility, robustness and operating economy of the six models in our Falcon line have enabled Dassault to capture 40 percent of the Russian large cabin market,” said Dassault Aviation Chairman/CEO Eric Trappier. “The Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X will permit the company to consolidate and strengthen this leadership position in the coming years.”
The 7X can land at 95 % of its Maximum Take Of Weight, which allows it to make a short hop from Moscow to Nizhniy Novgorod, for example, before continuing on to a far-off destination in Asia without having to refuel. And like other Falcons, it can operate from challenging airports such as La Mole/ Saint-Tropez, France, Gstaad, Switzerland and London City Airport that other big business jets cannot access. The 7X is also allowed to operate at highly noise sensitive airports like Cannes, France that are typically off limits to big jets.
The 8X, which will enter service in the second half of 2016, will add still more range, permitting operators to fly non-stop from Moscow to Los Angeles, for example, while building on the performance and technical innovations offered by the 7X. The 8X will also afford additional cabin space and offer more different cabin configurations than any comparable jet.
The 5X, due to begin deliveries in the second half of 2017, will feature the largest and tallest cabin cross-section of any executive aircraft. “Together with the long range Falcon 900LX and the Falcon 2000S and 2000LXS, certified in early 2013, the new jets allow Dassault to offer a wide selection of high-end business jets featuring the most advanced technology and operating efficiency in the industry,” said Gilles Gautier, Vice President, Falcon Sales for Dassault Aviation.
About Dassault Aviation
Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 80 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcons. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,250 Falcon jets have been delivered. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets — the Falcon 900LX, 7X and 8X — as well as the twin-engine 2000LXS, the Falcon 2000S and the Falcon 5X.
About Dassault Falcon Jet
Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North America, South America and the Pacific Rim countries of Asia, including the People’s Republic of China.
Source: Dassault Falcon.