There was welcome good news from Dassault as it announced 49 new Falcon deliveries in 2017 – above the forecast of 45 aircraft. The 49 deliveries put 2017 on a level with 2016.
Orders also increased, with 41 aircraft ordered in 2017 compared to 33 in 2016. There were three cancellations of the 5X last year, compared to 12 cancellations in 2016.
The 5X programme was cancelled by Dassault in December, with a new aircraft set to be announced.
“There is still a strong market need for a brand new, long-range aircraft with a very large cabin,” said Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier, “so I have decided to launch a new Falcon project powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, featuring the same cross-section as the Falcon 5X, a range of 5,500 Nm, and scheduled to enter into service in 2022.”