Dassault Launches New Falcon 2000LX
“The range increase gives our customers more capability and more efficiency on longer trips and they will surely enjoy seeing their fuel consumption numbers drop,” says John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon Jet’s president and CEO. “Thanks to the advanced blended winglet design from Aviation Partners, our fuel efficiency advantage over the competition will continue to grow.” Dassault will take charge of new production aircraft, while API is responsible for sales and marketing of retrofits for the 2000 series, which will begin shortly after certification and take place at Dassault’s facilities in Le Bourget and Wilmington. The two companies may add winglets to the Falcon 900 family and API also plans to offer retrofits for the Falcon 50. “We’ve never designed a winglet before that performs so well, so high into the drag rise,” says Joe Clark, chairman and CEO of API. Certification is due in the last quarter of 2007 and the 2000LX will replace the 2000EX for 2010 deliveries. Until then, customers can opt to add the winglets for an extra $500,000.