Dassault unveils new Falcon MRO facility in France
November 22, 2016
Dassault Falcon Service has announced the launch of operations at its Falcon MRO facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France. “The 49,000m2 (527,000ft2) building is next to the airframer’s Falcon final assembly facility and will be able to accommodate up to six business jets at a time,” according to Kate Sarsfield’s news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 16 November 2016. This is Dassault’s fourth heavy maintenance service centre.
The facility, which is located in France’s southwest region, will cater to Falcon business jet owners in Europe and other international markets. The company constructed the new facility to meet the needs of the growing number of Falcon aircraft owners in the European private aviation market. Sarsfield quotes Dassault CEO Eric Trapper as saying: “This additional capacity will permit Dassault Falcon Service to keep up with the steady growth in the Falcon fleet, which currently numbers 2,100 aircraft worldwide.” She further quotes Trapper as adding: “It is expected to expand significantly with the arrival of the Falcon 8X, deliveries of which began last month.” Trapper’s second statement is in reference to the delivery of the Falcon 8X to the Greece-based Amjet Executive, according to Sarsfield.
As operations get underway in the new facility, there are indications that it will be a busy workshop for aircraft maintenance, repairs and the overhauling of specific Falcon brands. Dassault plans to prioritise the performance of scheduled heavy maintenance operations in the facility. As Sarsfield reports: “Dassault says the ‘immediate priority’ of the new facility will be to cater for the planned ramp-up of scheduled heavy maintenance work – known as C-checks – on early 7X models.” The company’s management ties this decision to the growing number 7Xs in operation, which currently stands at more than 250. Sarsfield quotes Dassault management as saying: “The fleet leaders are now approaching their first heavy maintenance check, scheduled once an aircraft reaches eight years of service.”