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The Falcon fleet

The family of Falcon aircraft now comprises six models. The Falcon 6X, 2000LXS and 2000S twin-jets and the Falcon 8X, 7X and 900LX tri-jets are all positioned at the high end of the market.

Dassault Aviation has built its reputation on designing technologically advanced business jets that set the standard for efficiency, performance and agility that allow them to access more airports than their competitors. Close to two thirds of the Falcon fleet are now operated in the Western Hemisphere. They are supported by customer service teams located at the headquarters in Teterboro (New Jersey) and Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) strategically positioned in North America and Brazil. For the second year in a row, Dassault customer service has been voted #1 in industry surveys. 


Organization

  • Business sector
    • Promotion and sale of business aircraft for the Americas
    • Design and manufacturing of interior fittings for Falcon jets
    • Customer service (technical support and spare parts)
  • Main Customers
    • Private companies
    • Governments
    • Private clients
  • Main sites
    • Teterboro Airport (New Jersey - USA)
    • Little Rock (Arkansas - USA)
    • Wilmington (Delaware - USA)
  • Director
    • Thierry Betbèze, CEO

Close to two thirds of the Falcon fleet are now operated in the Western Hemisphere. They are supported by customer service teams located at the headquarters in Teterboro (New Jersey) and Dassault Aircraft Service Services (DAS) strategically positioned in North America and Brazil. For the second year in a row, Dassault customer service has been voted #1 in industry surveys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History

On December 1, 1972, as the number of Falcon aircraft sold or ordered in North America continued to grow, AMD-BA, Dassault International and Pan American, the launch customer for the Falcon 20, decided to strengthen their position in the market by jointly creating a new company: the U.S.-based Falcon Jet Corporation (FJC).

In 1974, FJC bought Little Rock Airmotive, a 61,500 square foot hangar and office space, and integrated it into its worldwide production line. It became one of FJC's divisions, responsible for modifying and outfitting aircraft flown from Mérignac for the U.S. market, as well as upgrading older models.

1980 : At the request of Pan American, which was going through a financial crisis, Dassault-Breguet bought out its 50% stake in the Falcon Jet Corporation, thus becoming the sole shareholder.

1988 : Midway Aircraft Instruments Co. is created as a subsidiary of Industrial Procurement Services (IPS), a unit of Dassault Industries. Located in the Teterboro airport area, Midway performs instrumentation work for Falcon jet Corporation as well as many other companies and airlines. In 2013, Midway moved to North Carolina.

1989 : APRO (Aero Precision Repair and Overhaul Co.), in Deerfield Beach, FL, is formed as a joint venture of Falcon Jet Corporation and Messier-Bugatti. APRO maintains all Falcon flight control systems, as well as Messier-Bugatti landing gear, brakes and associated equipment.

1995 : Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. is formed, replacing Falcon Jet Corporation. This change reflects the closer ties between the Western Hemisphere subsidiary and the parent company. Marketing and support functions are now managed globally between Dassault Falcon Jet and Dassault Aviation's headquarters in France.

1997 : Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. moved into a new 140,000 square feet headquarters (corporate, customer service and marketing) overlooking Teterboro Airport, which was convenient for visiting customers and Falcon operators.

1998 : A major expansion brings the Dassault Falcon Jet/Little Rock facility to nearly half a million square feet – and increases the center's production capacity to more than 60 new aircraft completions per year. Little Rock becomes the primary completions center for all Falcon jets worldwide.

2000 : Dassault establishes its own East Coast service center by acquiring the Atlantic Aviation facility at New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Delaware.

In 2008, Dassault completes an earlier 116,000 square feet expansion in Little Rock with the addition of a new four-bay paint hangar. The $20 million expansion brings the facility's total square footage to a total of 897,000 square feet and also includes a new production shop.

In the late 2010s, a new 250,000 square feet expansion in Little Rock is dedicated to production and fit-up activities. The investment also includes the refurbishment of the cabinet making, upholstery and headliner shops, as well as the modernization of the old sheds. The expansion will bring the total facility footprint to 1.25 million square feet.