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Dassault expects growth in local busines jet sales

Plane maker has 60 jets operating in region and up to 30 on order.
Dassault is doing OK in the Middle East.
Dassault is doing OK in the Middle East.

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Dassault has 60 business jets operating in the Middle East and expects to growth this number by one third over the next three years.

On the eve of the Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai, the plane maker revealed that it has sold 14 aircraft in the Middle East in the last two years and has a backlog of 15 additional planes to be delivered to regional buyers by 2013.

“The Middle East business environment still remains challenging but confidence levels appear to be rising,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon.

“Dassault has seen much greater demand over the last two quarters of the current financial year, with larger cabin jet sales and prices holding up better than smaller jets. The indicators for recovery are starting to show but even if this is not a true rebound, business has certainly resumed.

Western economies are still struggling to recover but other regions are active, including India, South America, Asia and the Middle East, where we have an advantage because of our military heritage and established reputation.”

Dassault has recently opened a regional sales office and has appointed a new regional sales director in Dubai.

An authorised service centre was established and a new customer service manager appointed in Saudi Arabia.

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