Dassault Aviation has inaugurated its Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) Center at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in southwest France. The new MRO is intended to meet the increase in repair and overhaul services for the Falcon 7X and other Falcon models.
Located next to the Dassault Aviation assembly plant, the complex measures 49,000m² , with a 7,200m² hangar. It can accommodate up to six Falcon 7X, 8X or 5X aircraft at a time, and will complement the company’s existing installations, which have been located at Paris-Le Bourget Airport since 1967. The facility will handle C checks, structural repair, cabin refurbishment and modifications, avionics upgrades, carpentry and paintwork.
Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, said, “This additional capacity will permit DFS to keep up with the steady growth in the Falcon fleet, which currently numbers 2,100 aircraft worldwide and is expected to expand significantly with the arrival of the Falcon 8X, which started deliveries last month.”
Jean Kayanakis, DFS general manager, added, “We are extremely proud of this new MRO complex and the speed with which it was built. Building permission was granted in July 2015, followed by groundbreaking in October and delivery of the building in September 2016. The first Falcon arrived on-site on October 17 and was returned to its owner on October 28.”