Sat, May 08, 2010
Aircraft Will Be Flown For Charter Service In The Middle
Dassault Falcon delivered the
first of four Falcon 7X tri-jets to Saudia Private Aviation (SPA),
the business aviation unit of Saudi Arabian Airlines, this
week. The delivery marks the first Falcon 7X delivery in Saudi
Arabia. Two more aircraft are scheduled for delivery to SPA later
this year and the final aircraft will come in 2011. The order
was originally announced at the Dubai Air Show in 2007.
SPA will use the Falcon 7X for VIP charter flights within the
Middle East and around the world. With a range of 5,950 nm, the
aircraft can connect major cities, such as New York to Riyadh,
Dubai to Tokyo, or Rio De Janeiro to Jeddah.
“The Falcon 7X was carefully chosen out of many options
due to its excellent technical specifications and
performance,” said Wajdi Abdullah Al-Idrissi, the Vice
President Royal & VIP Affairs & Head of SPA. “It is a
unique plane that can fly nonstop for over 11 hours and does not
require a long runway which saves valuable time by being able to
land at lower traffic airports.” he continued.
Excellency Khalid Almolhim, Director General Saudi Arabian
Airlines, John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon
“The Falcon 7X has been well
received by customers in the Middle East for its advanced
technology, its efficiency as well as its comfort,” said John
Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “It is
capable of meeting the most demanding requirements of passengers,
especially on very long non-stop flights.” Dassault has
approximately 50 Falcons based in the region and expects this
number to increase by almost 50% over the next three years. The
growth of the Falcon fleet in the area prompted Dassault to
establish a new Falcon Spares Distribution Center in Dubai in 2008
in order to expedite and simplify the delivery process of Falcon
spares. The regional inventory is now worth more than US $1.5
million. A sales office for the region was also opened in Dubai in
the same year.
Excellency Khalid Almolhim
Dassault also plans to establish an additional Falcon Authorized
Service Center in the region with Saudi Arabian Airlines in Jeddah.
"Saudi Arabian Airlines is renowned for providing a high quality of
service. Their technical experience in aviation maintenance will
support not only the expanding Falcon fleet based in the Middle
East but also Falcon operators that fly regularly between the
Asia-Pacific region and Europe,” said Rosanvallon.
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