Dassault Falcon Focuses on Growing Indian Market

Monday, March 4, 2013

Bengaluru: 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 are highlighted, along with Falcon’s full line of large cabin long range business jets, at Aero India from 6 to 10 February, at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, India.

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 extended its Falcon liaison office in New Delhi which serves as a hub for its expanding business in the region. It also added a new Dassault engineer to reinforce its local 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.