FACC AG (Ried im Innkreis, Austria) reported on Oct. 19 that it has delivered the first winglets for a Falcon 2000LX and 900L, manufactured by Dassault Aviation. FACC signed a contract with the French aircraft manufacturer for delivery of OEM winglets for the Falcon 2000LX and 900LX in April 2011, produced the winglets in a record time of three months and successfully completed initial sample testing.
The wingtips will leave the FACC works in Ried for Bordeaux, France, to be installed into a Falcon 2000LX business jet there. “We are proud that Dassault Aviation has placed its trust in us and contracted with FACC as the winglet supplier for part of its modern Falcon family,” says Walter Stephan, chairman of FACC AG. “In the course of the rapid project implementation, we were able to demonstrate our winglet competence and produce an innovative product for Dassault Aviation which will make a significant contribution to increasing the efficiency and environmental sustainability of its business jets. We see this as the foundation stone for a long-term partnership bringing advantages for both sides.” In future FACC is to fit winglets to all aircraft of the Falcon 2000LX/900LX family leaving the Dassault final assembly line in France.
Following successful conclusion of the project introduction, FACC is working on successively increasing the monthly production rate to eight aircraft by November 2011. FACC also produces winglets for the Boeing 737-700/800/-900/-900ER, Boeing Business Jets and Boeing 757-200 as well as for the Airbus A350 XWB.
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