Resumption of flight operations
On April 8, 2020, flights resumed at Istres and Mérignac. During the lockdown, we delivered an ATL2 to the French Navy as well as Rafales to India; in addition, we carried out batched deliveries of Falcons to Little Rock and carried out Rafale training flights for our Indian customer.
Visit by the French Armed Forces Minister
On May 15 in Saint-Cloud, we briefed Florence Parly on the measures taken to ensure the continuity of our vital work for our customers. The minister praised the work that had been done: “I am pleased to see that you have found a way to thoroughly overhaul your working conditions through the development of these new approaches and methods. This is a crucially important step. You have addressed our concerns.” Our joint efforts have helped maintain the operational capability of the French Air Force both at home and in operational theaters. We have demonstrated our resilience in the face of this crisis.
Falcon 6X: our top priority
Keeping the Falcon 6X program running smoothly has been a top priority. Work resumed on April 3. The first three development aircraft were delivered to Mérignac in spite of the circumstances, enabling the development and general assembly work to continue.
Together with Aviation Without Borders
We took part in the Aviation Without Borders (ASF) scheme to help the medical community. As part of its first mission under this scheme, a Falcon 7X completed two flight rotations to transport health care personnel from Marseille to Mulhouse, enabling them to be on the job in less than an hour.
Supporting medical personnel
Dassault Aviation provided direct support for the work of the health care personnel through donations of masks and meals. Our 3D printing community manufactured visors. The Argonay teams also produced connector hoses for oxygenation systems, enabling three hospitals in Seine-Saint-Denis to be equipped in less than a week.