Dassault Aviation is one of the major players in the global aviation industry, with a presence in more than 70 countries across 5 continents, whose varied activities cover several areas of high technology. With 8500 people, the Dassault Aviation's primary vocation is the design, development, production, sale and support of aircraft. In 2006, the FALCON turnover represented 62 % of the overall turnover.
In total, Dassault Aviation has sold more than 2000 FALCON aircraft of all types over the last 40 years. 90 % of them have gone for export (about 2/3 of which to the USA). They represent 50 % of the top-of-the-range world market of bizjet (transport airplane category). Today the Dassault Aviation FALCON family in production comprises the FALCON 900 and FALCON 2000 with various versions such as the EX (Extended range), EASy (Enhanced Avionics System) and DX versions. It now also comprises the newly developed FALCON 7X (launched in 2001 by Dassault Aviation), with a new innovative wing design and a fly-by-wire flight system. The first FALCON 7X will be delivered mid-2007. One FALCON takes-off or lands each minute around the world.
The FALCON family contributes enormously both to the reputation of European executive aircraft and to the European economy. It contributes to maintaining the industrial base of a European high technology sector. FALCON have been developed and produced in European co-operation with partners from Belgium (SABCA), Italy (ALENIA - PIAGGIO) and Greece (Hellenic Aircraft Industries). Many European partners are also involved in the development of the new FALCON 7X business jet. The main ones are : Spain (CASA), Netherlands (STORK), Belgium (SONACA).
The Research and Development employs nearly one quarter of the company's workforce. Fundamental and pre-competitive research is usually carried out in close co-operation with universities, research institutes and over industrial partners via a wide international network.