ATLANTA, October 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --
- Falcon "Go Team" In Place to Handle Growing Falcon Fleet
Dassault Falcon recently signed an agreement adding Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center to the Falcon Authorized Service Center Network (ASC). The new service center, at the Hongqiao International Airport (ZSSS), is scheduled to come fully online within six months. A Falcon GoTeam, however, is already positioned on-site and ready to provide support for Falcon operators in the region.
The new Shanghai service center is expected to receive its Part 145 Repair Station Certification from both the US and Chinese airworthiness authorities by April of 2011, and will be capable of servicing Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X aircraft. The facility will be designated a Line Service Center with line maintenance and A/A+ inspections. The capabilities will be expanded to a Major Service Center to include C-check for these Falcon models as the fleet matures.
"Our partnership with Shanghai Hawker Pacific is part of our continual effort to increase our footprint of service in this region for Falcon operators," said Jacques Chauvet, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Customer Service for Dassault Falcon. "The benefit will be felt by local and transient operators, alike as the use of business aviation in this dynamic region continues to grow." A Beijing ASC is expected to be announced by the end of the year to accommodate a growing regionally based Falcon fleet as well as increased transient traffic.
"The Shanghai Hawker Pacific facility has an infrastructure capable of sustainable growth which gives Dassault an advantage as we plan to increase our support capabilities in this region in step with fleet growth," said Dean Anderson, Director of Dassault's Authorized Service Center Network in the Western Hemisphere.
Over $2 million (U.S.) in spares, tooling and equipment will be placed at the facility by the end of this year. Upon opening, there will be eight people dedicated to serving Falcon operators, including a director of maintenance, a quality assurance manager as well as staff dedicated to parts and planning.
GoTeam support is provided by a dedicated 7X technician from Hawker Pacific, Dassault's authorized service center in Singapore. It can be dispatched on very short notice to an aircraft in an AOG situation and is fully capable of returning an aircraft to service via sign-off from Hawker Pacific's Singapore Repair Station certificate.
The Shanghai facility has 40,000 square foot of hangar spaces and an additional 18,000 square feet of workshop and office space. Another 200,000 square feet of land has been reserved for a second hangar in future phases of expansion. The attached Business Aviation Center and FBO facility consists of a further 32,000 square feet of space.
About the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center is a joint venture between Shanghai Airport Authority and one of Asia Pacific's leading aircraft service companies, Hawker Pacific, which has over 30 years of experience maintaining and handling aircraft. The world class facility operates 24 hours, 7 days a week, and includes a full-service FBO as well as aircraft charter and management services.
About Dassault Falcon
Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,000 Falcon jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900EX EASy, 900DX, 900LX, and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LX.
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SOURCE Dassault Falcon