Dassault Also Expands LIT; Partners With Rolls For Mid-Size Offering

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Basking in the glow of delivering its first two Falcon 7X trijets, Dassault wasted no time in looking forward to building a new aircraft and improving its infrastructure. Last week, the company announced a new round of expansion at its Little Rock (Ark.) Completion Center, which will include an additional 116,000 square feet of production, design and warehouse space. Additionally, the company said this week it is partnering with Rolls-Royce to develop Dassault's future super-midsize Falcon. The company's plans and decisions are being made in response to what Dassault labeled "unprecedented demand" for its jets. With the certification and first deliveries of the Falcon 7X complete, Dassault said it now is focusing attention on developing a new super mid-sized Falcon. After the selecting the propulsion, other major technological choices will be finalized within the next twelve months. Meanwhile, back in Little Rock, Dassault's plans call for additional production space consisting of a four-bay EPA Title V-approved paint facility, a warehouse and storage expansion, new engineering facilities and a 20,000-square-foot addition to the flight test line. Once the $20,000,000 expansion is complete in early 2008, the Little Rock Completion Center will measure 827,000 square feet. "The unprecedented demand for Falcons around the world requires that we continuously evaluate the need to grow our production facilities," said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "With the Falcon 7X now certified for deliveries and with the recent announcement regarding the introduction of the new Falcon 2000LX, Little Rock will be busier than ever completing the best business jets in the sky." In 2006, Dassault made 50 customer deliveries from Little Rock.