Dassault Falcon Focuses on Growing Indian Market

               Dassault Falcon Focuses on Growing Indian Market

  PR Newswire

  SAINT-CLOUD, France, January 29, 2013

SAINT-CLOUD, France, January 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

          Company Strengthens Position in Emerging Markets Worldwide

Dassault Falcon is investing heavily in India to better serve its expanding
customer base in the Indian Subcontinent and prepare for future growth. These
investments will be highlighted, along with Falcon's full line of large-cabin,
long-range business jets, at Aero India which opens February 6, at Yelahanka
Air Force Station in Bengaluru, India.

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Dassault built its reputation for advanced high-performance aircraft in the
region with the Indian Air Force which operates 50 Mirage 2000 fighters and,
in January 2012, selected the new-generation Rafale for its Medium Multi-Role
Aircraft (MMRA) mission. But this reputation for design excellence is also
increasingly driven by advanced business aircraft like the Falcon 7X, the
Falcon 900LX and the Falcon 2000 family.

Dassault is the Indian market leader for large cabin business jets, with
approximately 20 aircraft currently in operation in the country, and expects
to deliver several more over the next two years. Last autumn, Dassault opened
a new Falcon liaison office in New Delhi to serve as a hub for its expanding
business in the region. It also added a new Dassault Falcon sales manager to
reinforce its Indian marketing team. 

Enhancing Support Network in India

In July 2012, charter operator Taj Air was authorized to establish a Falcon
Authorized Line Service Station at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
in Mumbai. The facility provides scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and
inspections for Falcon 2000 and 2000DX/EX/LX aircraft and serves as a base for
spare parts inventory.

Earlier, Dassault Falcon had named Mumbai-based Air Works India an Authorized
Service Center for the Falcon 900EX and established spares distribution
centers in Chennai and Mumbai. The company also set up a technical field
office in Mumbai. These measures were the latest steps taken recently to
enhance the Falcon support network in southern Asia, mirroring a strategy
Dassault Falcon has been pursuing in other major emerging markets, such as
China, Russia and Brazil.

"The Indian market is becoming more conducive to consistent growth and the
investments in our support network will place us in an excellent position to
benefit in the future," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault
Falcon.

Falcon Performance and Innovation

The performance of the Falcon fleet is well suited to Indian operating
conditions, where short airfields, elevated runways and high temperatures are
common. The Falcon 2000 series has been in particularly strong demand because
of its large cabin, exceptional flexibility, low operating costs and range,
which allows passengers to fly from the southern tip of India to the north in
a single hop.

The Falcon 2000S, which combines the range and comfort of large cabin business
jets with the economics and flexibility of a super midsize model, will be on
display at the Bengaluru show for the first time. The 2000S will be shown with
the new Falcon Cabin HD+ cabin management system, which distributes crisp
high-definition audio and video content throughout the cabin in a
user-friendly touch screen environment that gives passengers full control of
all cabin features from wherever they're sitting.

The 4,000 nm / 7,400 km Falcon 2000LXS, unveiled at the National Business
Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Florida last October, will enable
operators to access small airfields from destinations even farther afield than
the 2000S. The 2000LXS will be available from 2014.

Falcons are just right for the long-range requirements of Indian customers,
too. The 4,750 nm / 8,800 km Falcon 900LX combines long range, fuel economy
and full fuel low-speed landing capability with exceptional hot-and-high
performance. The 900LX will also be on display at Bengaluru with the
FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system. The Falcon 900LX flies non-stop from
Mumbai, the economic capital, to London City Airport, earth of London, a
popular destination for Indian businessmen.

The top-of-the-line Falcon 7X, equipped with a full Digital Flight Control
System, can fly nonstop from Mumbai to Cape Town or from any airport in India
to London. And like the Falcon 900, it is the only jet in its category able to
meet the challenging access requirements of London City Airport. The first
Falcon 7X was delivered in India to Religare which is operating the aircraft
for charter operation since 2010. The first Falcon, a Falcon 2000, was
delivered in India in 1995 to a division of the Tata Group.

About Dassault Falcon

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets
throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace
company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault
Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of
Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both
France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It
employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first
Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,200 Falcon jets have been delivered to 80 countries
worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the
tri-jets-the Falcon 900LX, and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LX,
2000LXS and Falcon 2000S.

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Contact: Dassault Aviation (Saint-Cloud, France): Vadim Feldzer - Tel.
+33-1-47-11-44-13, Marie-Alexandrine Fouillard - Tel. +33-1-47-11-64-23.
Dassault Falcon (Teterboro Airport, USA) : Andrew Ponzoni - Tel.
+1-201-541-45-88, Grant Kielczewski - Tel. +1-201-541-46-79
 
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