Dassault delivers 26 Falcon aircraft in 2023
Dassault Aviation said it delivered 26 Falcon aircraft in 2023 – its lowest in 17 years – against the guidance of 35 at the start of the year.
The French aircraft manufacturer said that it has 84 Falcon aircraft in backlog as of December 31, 2023 compared to 87 at the end of 2023.
Dassault’s 26 Falcon aircraft deliveries were down 20% year-on-year from 2022.
In addition, the company reported a similar downward trend in new orders for the Falcon aircraft. It said that it received 23 new orders for its Falcon jets in 2023 compared to 64 in 2022.
Although, the company did not state the reason for lower deliveries. However, it is likely that the year-on-year decline was on account of delivery delays for the Falcon 6X – Dassault’s new ultra-wide-cabin jet.
Regulatory approvals for the Falcon 6X from Europe and the US only came in August 2023, further impacting deliveries in the year. The Falcon 6X entered service on 30 November, three months after it received US and European certification.
“The certification of the Falcon 6X is a remarkable milestone for Dassault Aviation. We would like to recognize the EASA and FAA certification teams for their commitment in this demanding process and our customers for their confidence. The Falcon 6X is the first brand new business jet to comply with the latest regulations, which will enhance the safety and security of all new aircraft,” said Eric Trappier, CEO, Dassault Aviation.
Dassault launched the Falcon 6X programme in 2019 after its predecessor 5X witnessed problems with its Safran Silvercrest engines. Falcon 6X is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW812D engines.