Dassault Aviation inaugurated its new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for the revision and repair of Falcon models last week. The new 160,000 sq. ft. (49,000 sq. m) building complements existing facilities located at Le Bourget airport near Paris, now insufficient for their needs.
Today more than 250 Falcon 7X are in service around the world, and the first ones delivered will soon be in need of revision. The aircraft require a first heavy maintenance check after eight years of flying.
From 2017, the facility expects a turnover of around fifty business jets a year. Seventy staff will carry out major revisions, as well as regular maintenance visits, including a fresh coat of paint, avionics upgrades and refurbishing cabin interiors.
“This additional capacity will permit Dassault Falcon Service to keep up with steady growth in the Falcon fleet, which currently numbers 2,100 aircraft worldwide and is expected to increase considerably with the arrival of the Falcon 8X, which started deliveries last month,” said Eric Tappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman/CEO.
Work on each aircraft varies from a week to a couple of months. The new MRO complex will also handle maintenance of the Falcon 5X, scheduled to come into service in 2020.