Dassault sees growth in MidEast jets demand

Dassault Falcon says it plans to deliver six business jets to customers in region
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 08 Dec 2012 10:19 AM

Dassault Falcon, part of Dassault Aviation, the only company in the world that manufactures and sells both fighter and business aircraft, expects demand for business jets recovering throughout the Middle East.

The company said in a statement that demand growth in the region will be spurred on by "large regional operators and the increased globalisation of commerce".

It added that it has added a sales manager to its Dubai office in a bid to take advantage of the growing market.

Dassault said it plans to deliver six Falcons to Middle East customers over the next 18 months, growing its fleet by 10 percent.

More than 60 Falcon business jets already operate in the region.

"The Middle East market remains robust and dynamic and poised for additional growth in the coming years," said Gilles Gautier, vice president of international sales for Dassault Aviation.

"The Middle East business jet market and its infrastructure are continuing to mature," added John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon.

"This is due, in part, to increased globalisation but also to the development of larger operators and world class facilities such as the Al Maktoum International Airport," he added.

Dassault Falcon will present its range of business jet offerings at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event being held in Dubai next week.

Dassault Falcon said it continues to expand its Middle East sales and support network in order to serve this "dynamic market".

In addition to its Dubai office, the network includes Authorised Service Centers in Dubai and Jeddah, a spares distribution centre in Dubai and a technical office in Jeddah.

The Falcon 7X is Dassault's best selling aircraft and accounts for about 40 percent of all its Middle East business jet sales.

Two of the largest 7X operators in the world are based in the Middle East. Saudia Private Aviation, the business aviation arm of Saudi Arabian Airlines, flies four of the advanced trijets, making it the largest 7X operator in the region. Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group manages three Falcon 7Xs on behalf of owners.

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