MOSCOW, September 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Dassault Falcon is expanding its presence in Russia to improve its ability to serve this rapidly growing business jet market.
Dassault Falcon will be present at Jet Expo 2012 (September 27-29) with an expanded trade show booth and a spacious static display. Two long-range Falcons, the flagship 5,950 nm Falcon 7X and the 4,000 nm Falcon 2000LX, will be part of the event.
Falcon Aircraft Well Received in Russia
Half of new Falcon orders in Russia are for the 7X, the only business jet equipped with a fully-digital flight control system, which ensures greater control and operational safety and a smoother flight. The 7X can connect Moscow with New York, Johannesburg or Singapore nonstop and is the only aircraft in its class able to operate at the challenging London City Airport in the heart of downtown London. It is also capable of landing at very small airfields like La Mole-St Tropez (France), where no other jet of its size can go.
The three engine design of the Falcon 7X and the Falcon 900 line are particularly prized in a country where extended flights over inhospitable terrain are the rule and the need for versatility and safety, paramount. These trijets account for some two-thirds of the Falcons flown by Russian operators.
Falcon Customer Service Presence Growing in Russia
Dassault Falcon currently operates a sales office in Moscow and is nearing agreement with Avia Group to set up a Falcon Authorized Service Center at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. The center, to be located in the vicinity of Avia Group's new Terminal A passenger building, which was inaugurated earlier this year, is projected to open in 2013.
In addition, the company will shortly move its existing Dassault Falcon Service satellite service center at Vnukovo Airport, which has been in operation for seven years, into new premises at the Vnukovo-3 executive aviation terminal, closer to the licensed maintenance providers it supports.
"Russia is once again one of the most active business jet markets and we are looking to leveraging our long experience in the country to better serve customers' needs there," said Gilles Gautier, head of Dassault Falcon sales for the Eastern Hemisphere.
Russia's Proud Business Aviation History
Dassault Falcon shares Russia's passion for aviation and its belief in the vital role aviation can play in linking together the far-flung regions of this huge nation. Russian operators like Gazprom value the reliability, robustness and advanced technology of Falcon aircraft, which perfectly suit an environment characterized by frequently difficult flying conditions, extremely low temperatures and short airfields. More than 50 Falcons are currently in operation in Russia, accounting for a significant share of the country's large-cabin bizjet fleet.
Falcon was the first western executive aircraft builder to establish a Russian presence and benefited greatly from the 15-30% growth rates posted by the bizjet industry in the first decade of this century. Demand is once again surging after slowing during the global financial crisis.
Moreover, the government's attitude toward business aviation is improving and there appears to be a growing realization of the impact executive aviation can have on economic growth, as witnessed by the new aerospace rules established in November 2010 and the relaxation of constraints to airport use.
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 2,100 Falcon jets have been delivered to 81 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900LX and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine Falcon 2000LX and the new 2000S.
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