Dassault will deliver around 80 aircraft this year, a 10% increase compared to 2008, said Mr. Charles Edelstenne, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO, at the 62nd NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida, USA.
The advance in deliveries is due to the ramp up of Falcon 7x program. The company is targeting comparable levels of deliveries for the next year, due mainly to the existing backlog, which is “twice as big as it was five years ago”.
Meanwhile, Dassault continues to develop new programs, including winglets modification for its Falcon 900LX launched in 2008. The new winglets should boost the aircraft’s range and improve its fuel consumption by 7% compared to the EX version. The flight tests are scheduled for the next month, and certification and first deliveries are expected before the end of 2010.
The manufacturer is also developing new features and capabilities for its EASy cockpit (named EASy II), including synthetic vision system.
For Falcon 2000LX, which entered into service at the beginning of the year, Dassault is developing a change of the braking system to reduce the aircraft’s landing distance and to qualify Falcon 2000 LX for operations at London City Airport, under the demanding rules of public transportation.
Furthermore, the biggest part of the manufacturer’s resources is taken by the SMS program. “We are currently validating the main technical choices, while re-assessing the aircraft´s main characteristics. Somehow, I consider that we are lucky that this crisis came during the very early phase of the program, when we can still take into account some of its possible impacts on the market´s long term trend”, said Charles Edelstenne.