Dassault Opens China Subsidiary

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Dassault has created a wholly owned subsidiary in China to secure its stake in that market. The company, Dassault Falcon Business Services (Beijing) Co. Ltd., is based in Beijing and will look after creating a customer support network in the country that will include maintenance specialists and even a couple of "jump-seat support" pilots. "Firmly establishing Dassault's presence in China today positions us to serve the needs of its growing business aviation sector with the highest level of support in the years to come," said CEO John Rosanvallon.

The company says it has 20 orders for its big Falcon 7X trijet and that the twin Falcon 2000S is doing well since it was introduced a year ago. "We sold our first new Falcon to China in 2006. But, by 2011 the market had already grown to become our largest for new aircraft orders and one of the most promising," said Rosanvallon. Jean Michel Jacob has been named general manager of the subsidiary.