Dassault Falcon looks to expand bizjet presence in Russian market

French airframer Dassault Falcon said it is expanding its presence in Russia to improve its ability to serve this rapidly growing business jet market.

The company said it 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.

According to Dassault Falcon, 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 the firm said it 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.

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.

Falcon said it 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.

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, an aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents.

Find out more at www.dassaultfalcon.com.

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