Like many other aerospace companies, Dassault Falcon predicts that there is unlikely to be much of an economic recovery in the business aviation industry until 2012. That said, the news is at least not as bad as sales figures showed for 2009.
John Rosanvallon, president and CEO, said there were 34 new orders so far in 2010—a disappointing number unless you consider that it is double 2009 sales. Of the 34, only 25 percent were in the United States with another 25 percent from Western Europe. The “rest of the world” accounted for the remaining 50 percent, with strong sales coming from China, India, and Brazil. In addition, “Africa has been positive for us,” Rosanvallon said.
Dassault Falcon has delivered 67 aircraft, and will reach 85 by year’s end.
Dassault Falcon is developing new maintenance methods utilizing a laptop to remotely operate and evaluate an aircraft’s systems while it is on the ground, perhaps in another country.