Dassault Falcon and Avia Group are working together on an agreement to establish an Authorized Service Center (ASC) at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in 2013.
The ASC would enable Dassault Falcon to significantly expand its maintenance footprint in Moscow, a major hub for Russian-based and transient executive aircraft. It would also provide a solid presence at the city’s largest airport, which is projected to experience rapid growth in the coming years.
Falcon jets in Moscow are currently serviced by Dassault Falcon’s Satellite Service Center at Vnukovo Airport, which handles most of the city’s business jet traffic. This satellite service station has been in operation for seven years and will shortly move into a new facility at the Vnukovo-3 executive aviation terminal.
Initially, the 3 million Euro (U.S. $4 million) Sheremetyevo facility, projected to open in 2013, would serve Falcon 7X and Falcon 900 EASy Series aircraft. It would be capable of line maintenance services up to A check, along with troubleshooting and AOG services. In 2014, Falcon 2000 EASy Series (EX/DX/LX) models are expected to be incorporated. Ultimately, the installation would offer a full line of maintenance services up to C check.
The ASC would be located near the Avia Group’s new Terminal A passenger facility, opened earlier this year. It would employ more than 12 engineers and technicians and would be capable of handling several aircraft at a time. Initial training is already under way.
“Avia Group is investing heavily to become a premium bizjet maintenance provider” said Jacques Chauvet, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Customer Service for Dassault Falcon. “Our company is providing technical and training assistance to help them reach this objective next year.”
The proposed agreement with Avia Group is part of a strong push by Dassault Falcon to broaden and deepen its presence in the fast-growing Russian market. More than 50 Falcon business jets are currently in operation in Russia, representing a significant share of the large cabin market segment.