February 15, 2007 03:33 ET

DASSAULT AVIATION : Dassault Sets Record Sales Year for Falcon Business Jets

SAINT-CLOUD, FRANCE -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 15, 2007 -- Dassault Sets Record Sales Year for Falcon Business Jets

Falcon 7X Passes Another Sales Milestone

(Saint-Cloud, France, February 15, 2007) - At today's annual financial analyst meeting, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne announced record results for the second consecutive year for Falcon business jets. A total of 158 firm orders were received worldwide in 2006. This includes a $1.1 billion U.S. order from NetJets Europe for 24 Falcon 7X tri-jets, the largest order ever for business jets in Europe. The Dassault Aviation 2006 sales were 3.3 billion Euros with Falcon business jets accounting for 62% of total consolidated sales.

"Driven by growth outside of North America, the worldwide market for business jets remained impressive in 2006" said Edelstenne. "It wasn't long ago that 40% of our sales came from outside the U.S. but that number has grown to more than 60% driven this year primarily by Europe. It's important to recognize that the U.S. market has not weakened, other markets have gained strength." Growth was particularly strong in Europe, the Middle East, Brazil and India.

At the end of 2006, Dassault had a total backlog of more than 300 aircraft. Over 80 aircraft will be delivered in 2007 compared to 61 in 2006. Delivery rates will continue to increase in 2008.

"A substantial fuel efficiency advantage and consistently superior retained values continue to be the force behind the success of our Falcon sales efforts" said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet. "2007 promises to be another strong year for Dassault Falcon driven largely by these advantages."

Falcon 7X: Incredible Performance, Historic Results

The sales success of the Falcon 7X continued in 2006 and into 2007 with over 150 firm orders booked since the announcement of the program. This makes the Falcon 7X the most successful launch of a business jet ever in terms of sales dollar value. The next available delivery position is in the second half of 2011.

The Falcon 7X flight test and certification program accumulated 1520 flight test hours and 543 flights and is now complete. Certification from both the EASA and FAA are expected soon with first deliveries in the second quarter of 2007.

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across 5 continents. Dassault Aviation produces the renowned Mirage and Rafale fighter jets as well as a complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on both continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2000 Falcon jets have been sold to more than 65 countries worldwide.

The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri- jets—the Falcon, 900DX, 900EX, and the new 7X—as well as the twin- engine Falcon 2000DX, and 2000EX.

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