Dassault sells two Falcon 900 jets
Dassault Falcon has announced the sale of two Falcon business jets at the MEBA show. A pre-owned Falcon 900EX EASy II will be delivered by the end of 2012 and a new Falcon 900LX in the second quarter of 2013. Wallan Aviation will operate both aircraft for the company’s own use with the option of offering one or both aircraft to the charter market.
Wallan Aviation has been operating in the Middle East for 20 years and has also expanded to other services in the aviation field, including charter, jet maintenance and a flight academy to train the next generation of pilots.
Saad Wallan, chairman of Wallan Aviation and a board member of MEBAA and the Saudi Aviation Club said “We chose the Falcon 900LX because of its advanced technology and efficient performance and range, its go anywhere flexibility and its resale value. For example, the Falcon 900 can connect passengers from Dubai or Riyadh with the United States with one stop in Shannon, Ireland where U.S. customs can be cleared for an efficient entry. Falcons have proven themselves with operators in the region and this helps develop experience and build confidence in the Falcon range, which also has attractive emissions and environmental credentials.”
Dassault already plans to deliver six Falcons to Middle East customers over the next 18 months, growing its fleet by 10%. More than 60 Falcon business jets currently operate in the region.
Gilles Gautier, VP International Sales for Dassault Aviation said: “We are delighted to announce this Falcon sale to Wallan Aviation, which is a well established and highly respected general aviation company in the Middle East. It represents the confidence that is returning to the regional market and underlines the commitment we continue to make to the Middle East, where we have invested to expand our infrastructure and support team.”
“Falcons are well-suited to the demands of our Middle East customers, offering long range and large, roomy cabins which are ideal for work or rest,” added Gilles Gautier. “Falcons burn 20-40% less fuel and offer up to 50% lower operating costs than some aircraft in their class.”
Photograph (left to right): Fahad Suliman Wallan, VP Operation, Wallan Aviation, Gilles Gautier VP Sales, Dassault Aviation, Saad Wallan, CEO Wallan Aviation, Renaud Cloatre, Middle East Sales Director, Dassault Aviation