Dassault's New Projections And New Project

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Dassault took a record 158 orders in 2006, expects its 7X to continue flying toward certification in April and then plans to produce 10 each month for two years -- but the company already has its sights set on a new midsize jet offering and that project should give the company something to do with the profits from a predicted record number of Falcon deliveries in 2007 that would crown the record 158 total orders taken in 2006. Chief Executive Officer Charles Edelstenne this month said his company is currently setting size, technology, and performance parameters for the new jet, and that outline should be set this month, according to Flight International. If all goes well, that program should launch following 7X certification, which should come soon, followed by first delivery in the second quarter. More than 60 percent of the company's business is composed of Falcon jet sales. Delivery rates, which clocked in at 61 in 2006, are expected to increase through 2008. Dassault Falcon recently received type certification from Transport Canada for the Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 900DX and Falcon 2000 family of business jets.