Dassault plans to grow its Middle East fleet by 10% over next 18 months
Dassault Falcon supports the Abu Dhabi Air Expo as private and business aviation continues to recover in the Middle East.
The company plans to grow its Middle East fleet by 10% over the next 18 months and will present its current range of business jet offerings at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013, from March 5-7, including a Falcon 900LX and a Falcon 2000LX on display at Al Bateen Executive Airport.
Dassault sees the market for business jets recovering across the Middle East. The company will deliver six Falcons to Middle East customers over the coming months.
Cuurrently, more than 60 Falcon business jets operate in the region. Saudia Private Aviation, which owns and operates four Falcon 7X business jets, is one of the world’s largest Falcon 7X operators.
“2012 proved to be another positive year for the company, concluding with an order from the prominent Middle East general aviation company, Wallan Aviation, for two Falcon 900 business jets,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “The Middle East business jet market is maturing. The region has world class infrastructure including magnificent new airports. The economy is growing. The future remains promising.”
Dassault will celebrate fifty years of building business jets, on the 4 May, 1963 the Mystere Falcon 20 made its maiden flight. Since then twenty different models of Falcons have been designed, built and flown.
Today, more than 2,000 Falcons are in operation in 80 countries around the world.
“Our company has always been a leader in this industry and we will continue to set the pace in the years ahead,” said John Rosanvallon. “Moreover, the best is yet to come.”
Falcon are well suited to operations in the Middle East, “Falcons meet the demands of Middle East owners, offering long range and large, roomy cabins which are ideal for work or rest,” said Renaud Cloatre, Dassault Falcon’s sales director for the Middle East. “Increasingly important is the fact that Falcons burn 20-40% less fuel and offer up to 50% lower operating costs than some aircraft in their class.”