Dassault Aviation Delivers 1500th Falcon

30 September 2001

Mr. Charles Edelstenne, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, handed over to Mr. Kevin Russell, Vice President of Executive Jet, the 1,500th Falcon to be built.

This is Falcon 2000 no. 159, the 29th built for Executive Jet out of the 125 the operator has ordered. More than 11,600 business jets are in service world-wide. The bulk of the market is in the United States (75 per cent), but Europe's share has been growing in recent years (12 per cent).

Introduced nearly 40 years ago, among the very first business jets, the Falcon family is today 1,500 aircraft strong, all types combined, delivered to both civilian and government users. Starting from the Mystere-Falcon 20, which itself went through many versions, Dassault Aviation has developed in turn six models covering the whole range of business aviation needs. After the Falcon 20 there appeared on the market: - in, the Falcon 10 and then, in 1977, the Falcon 50, the first long-haul three-jet aircraft in the family (8 to 12 passengers). It was also the first of which the airframe was designed by a computerised three-dimensional method, and the first made in part of composite materials (carbon fiber ailerons).

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