Coronavirus: Dassault donates two Falcon Aircraft to French Government


Dassault Aviation has made two Falcon business jets available to the French Defense Ministry to help deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

The two aircraft will be used as part of France’s Operation Resilience, which is supplying logistics and medical support for civilian corona virus control activities.

The aircraft’s first mission took place last weekend and brought a team of 26 doctors and other medical personnel from Brest, Brittany back to Paris. The team had accompanied COVID-19 patients to Brest on a special medical train.

The two Dassault aircraft, a Falcon 8X and a Falcon 900, are equipped for 15 and 13 passengers, respectively. They are operated by Dassault Falcon Service, a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation that conducts maintenance and flight operations, based at Paris Le Bourget airport. DFS also supplies the flight crews.

Depending on the requirements defined by government authorities, one or both of the Falcon aircraft are being made available to the Resilience unit of the French Air Force’s Air Defense and Air Operations Command.

Capable of landing at small airports in all weather conditions and without the need for ground infrastructure, the aircraft are being used to move medical teams and equipment quickly across France and throughout the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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