Dassault Falcon Jet celebrates 40 years
Dec. 3, 2012, Teterboro, N.J. - Forty years ago, on December 1, 1972, executives from Pan American Airways and Dassault
Aviation signed an agreement to form, what is today, Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation.
The partnership was formed to help accelerate expansion of the United States market, the world’s largest, with Pan American, the launch customer for the Falcon 20. “The history of Dassault Falcon Jet is quite remarkable. Some of the most recognized names in aviation have their history intertwined with ours,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft, of Dassault Aviation. “Charles Lindbergh and Juan Trippe launched Pan American Business Jets with the Falcon 20. Fred Smith launched FedEx with a fleet of Falcons. The United States Coast Guard ushered in the age of jet powered search-and-rescue airplanes with the Falcon HU25.” Today, over 2,200 Falcons have been delivered with over 1,100 based in the United States.
Started with just a handful of employees, Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. now has about 3,000 employees in the United States and is responsible for selling and servicing all Falcons in the Americas, Pacific Rim and China. “The success of the company is built upon the hard work, dedication and ingenuity of all Dassault employees worldwide, many of which have been with the company their entire
career,” continued Rosanvallon whose first job was with Dassault Falcon Jet in 1975.
Today, Dassault Falcon Jet also oversees the main completion center for Falcon business jets worldwide in Little Rock, Arkansas, four company-owned service centers in Little Rock; Wilmington, Delaware; Reno, Nevada and Sorocaba, Brazil and support capacity throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. The company has its headquarters at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport which houses customer service, marketing, sales, executive and back office functions, as well as a significant inventory of spare parts.
In May 2013, Dassault Falcon will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first flight of the Falcon 20. Over 500 Falcon 20s were built before production ceased in 1988.