If Life Begins at 40, the Falcon Line is in for a Great
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first
flight of a Falcon business jet - the Mystère 20 (right).
Since then, the 1600-plus fleet has accumulated a record of over 10
million flight hours. It can now be said that a Falcon jet takes
off on a mission every 45 seconds.
Success in a Tough Market
"Our current product line seems ideally positioned in the
market, so we have been fortunate," said Jean-François
Georges, CEO of Dassault Falcon. "In addition, our new aircraft,
like the Falcon 2000EX, 900EX EASy and 7X, are being well received,
helping us build a solid backlog. Demand continues for these
models, despite questionable economic conditions."
Dassault's Falcon sales have firmly positioned the company in
the civil aviation market. "The Falcon 900EX EASy and the 2000EX
are just two examples of the evolution of Dassault," said John
Rosanvallon, President of Dassault Falcon. "The Falcon 7X
(below) is also evidence of our efforts on developing and
marketing a new generation of corporate jets. In 2002, we delivered
66 aircraft and anticipate maintaining relatively similar rates for
both 2003 and 2004."
"In the world of Falcon, we are pleased to report many landmark
events which have also taken place," said Dassault Aviation
Chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne recently. "Our newest aircraft,
the Falcon 7X, has gained worldwide acceptance, as demonstrated by
the growing number of firm orders. In February 2002, the first
EASy-equipped Falcon 900EX flew, followed this year by the 2000EX
In May 2002, Falcon celebrated another important
event -- the 75th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's solo flight
across the Atlantic. Lindbergh is actually partly responsible for
the 10 million flight hours Dassault has accumulated: it was he who
suggested, in 1972, to then-Pan Am president Juan Trippe, that the
airline select the Falcon 20 to market in the United States. (The
connection is made even more interesting by the fact that
Dassault's founder, Marcel Dassault, was present at Le Bourget the
day Lindbergh landed from his New York-Paris journey.)
This May, Falcon has cause to celebrate again, when the
forty-year anniversary of the first flight of the Mystère 20
Falcons, then and now:
The Falcon family was launched by the Falcon
Mystère 20, which, over the course of twenty years in
production, reached 475 deliveries. A number of derivatives of the
Falcon 20 were built, such as the D, E, and F models, as well as
the HU-25, created specifically for the United States Coast Guard.
The Falcon 10, also a twin-jet, first flew in 1970, and its
deliveries, combined with the Falcon 100, reached 229. The Falcon
50-series followed, the first tri-jet built by Dassault, and since
1976 has reached over 320 deliveries. The long-range Falcon
900-series, also with three engines, recently surpassed 300
deliveries, and is considered the flagship of the Falcon family
fleet. The highly popular Falcon 2000 series, consisting of the
twin-jet 2000 and 2000EX, has surpassed 200 deliveries - the new
2000EX will have its first delivery in the second quarter of 2003.
The Falcon 2000 was recently named the most popular large-cabin
aircraft flying in fractional programs today. On the horizon: the
brand-new Falcon 7X, which is a 5700 nm, tri-jet aircraft, expected
to make its first flight in early 2005.