Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation’s chairman and CEO, painted a guardedly optimistic outlook for the company.
The sales environment is always challenging, he said, but with U.S. deliveries holding steady, its Falcon 8X seeing a smooth entry into service, its 600th Falcon 2000 delivery, four new Falcon 2000s sold to the Japanese Coast Guard, upturns in sales of Dassault’s Rafale fighter jets, and its nEUROn unmanned combat aerial vehicle drawing interest as an artificial intelligence testbed, Dassault sounded a confident note during its press conference Oct. 9 at the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention in Las Vegas.
Dassault has already demanded compensation from Safran for the first delay.
Even so, Dassault Falcon Jet CEO John Rosanvallon projected calm. With the U.S. economy on the positive side, GDP and corporate profits up, and a strong stock market, 2018’s outlook is encouraging.