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OLIVIER DASSAULT
1951-2021

Aviator, artist, businessman, politician and family man. Olivier Dassault embodied the passion for the industry shared by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by the Falcon family.

FALCONS ON THE RISE
News from around the fleet

Maiden voyage

FIRST FLIGHT. NEW HEIGHTS.
6X makes maiden voyage

 

The first flight of Dassault’s magnificent widebody Falcon 6X has been successfully completed. This new aircraft took off from the Mérignac plant near Bordeaux on March 10, and achieved all of the objectives set for its first flight. The next phase of the flight test program will include s/n 02 and 03 taking to the air in the coming months. Hats off to the entire production and flight teams and partners, who worked tirelessly to make this event one for the history books.

 

> Read about the milestone

Falcon 6X comes to America

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The 6X comes to America

 

The recent rollout and first flight of the 6X have generated keen interest in business aviation’s tallest and widest cabin. Since seeing is believing, the full-scale Falcon 6X mockup is hitting the road in North America so that prospective customers can see the incredible interior for themselves. Beginning in Atlanta, the tour will be making stops in Naples, Miami and Palm Beach before heading west across the US. 

 

> Visit the events page for a full list of destinations and reserve your own private viewing

AWARDING EXCELLENCE
And the winner is…

 

The fabulous Falcon 6X cabin continues to win awards around the world. Among the most recent are the Robb Report’s “Best of the Best”, the Business Jet Rookie Award in the Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey and a Best of the Best award in the coveted Red Dot product design competition. The Dassault design team is proving to be a formidable force in the aviation design community. The 8X is not far behind with a Best of the Best award also from the Robb Report.

Fly with Matt

INNOVATION AT FULL THROTTLE
Digital Flight Control System gets even smarter

 

Aviation International News (AIN) editor and pilot Matt Thurber experiences Dassault’s new Smart Throttle first-hand by test flying a specially equipped flight test Falcon 7X. The Smart Throttle, which has long been used on Dassault’s Rafale fighter, allows the pilot to control all engines with a single throttle lever. It’s just one of many forward-looking technologies Dassault engineers are working on, some to be on the 6X , like a new control surface—a flaperon— which combines flaps and aileron functions, making the 6X the premier fly-by-wire business jet.

 

> Fly with Matt

NOTES FROM THE FIELD
Customer service making news

Long Term Support

 

FOLLOWING THE BUFFETT RULE

Investing in service for the long term

 

In his latest Crew Chief Blog, Jean Kayanakis cites Warren Buffett’s advice to invest for the long term. It’s an excellent way to view recent acquisitions Dassault has made to expand and strengthen its global service network. Since 2019, 17 factory-owned facilities and more than 1,000 service professionals have been added. The truly worldwide network now includes more than 55 service centers, with authorized facilities, 16 spares distribution facilities, and a new distribution hub near Charles de Gaulle Airport.

 

> Read. Learn. Profit.

PR

 

ONE WORLD. ONE POINT OF CONTACT.

New MRO Sales Organization

 

To further enhance the Falcon customer experience, the sales activities of EMEA and APAC factory-owned maintenance repair and overhaul operations have been consolidated. Operators now have a single point of contact and a wider choice of MRO solutions and locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia/Pacific. This brings together the MRO sales operations of Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), TAG Maintenance Services (TMS) and the Falcon segment of ExecuJet MRO Services. The goal is to make service as streamlined as customers’ Falcons.

 

> Read the official story

 

 

DASSAULT’S DESERT DOMINATION

Service pros win Dakar Rally

 

They’re tops in their field, and what a field. Two Dassault Customer Service Managers, Marc Douton and Emilien Etienne (aka Team Sunhill) came 1st in the Classic category of the renowned Dakar Rally which recently took place in Saudi Arabia. The rally is an off-road test of extreme endurance, skill and sheer tenacity. Marc and Emilien came out on top in their classic 1979 Sunhill buggy, negotiating some of the most difficult terrain in the world. Dassault is proud to have them on the team tackling customers’ concerns.

 

FALCON SPOTLIGHT
Feature stories of special interest

CELEBRATING DOWN UNDER

RAAF marks its centennial

 

The Royal Australian Air Force marks its 100th birthday on March 31, 2021. The RAAF has a storied history, and Dassault is proud to have been a part of it for many decades. The long-standing relationship began when the RAAF acquired its first Mirage III and continued through the years with the Falcon 20, Falcon 900, and now with the Falcon 7X. Australia also benefits from Dassault’s expanded service network in the Pacific Rim. Congratulations to the RAAF! 

WEB WORLD
Socially speaking word of mouth

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