Demonstrating its foothold in the region, Dassault Falcon Service is set to open its maintenance center dedicated to large business aircraft F7X and F8X in October, close to the other Dassault Mérignac plant that designs the Rafale fighter plane and business aircraft.
An investment of €20 million for this new facility, which will support the Bordeaux region as a major civil and military aircraft maintenance hub.
An activity centered on maintenance of Falcon jets
The set-up of this DFS unit will expand the capacity of the Le Bourget maintenance center. The aim, from when it opens in October 2016, will be to carry out maintenance on business jets from the Falcon 7x range.
The new 11,000 m² building with a 7,200 m² hangar built on an adjacent plot of land will have the capacity to accommodate up to six planes by 2017.
More than 250 F7X business aircraft are already in service and the first models delivered have already reached the date for their first extensive maintenance.
After a start-up phase with resource autonomy (internal mobility), the new site is expected to expand to 75 people by 2018 and recruit around 50 people locally for the majority, mainly specialists and technicians.
The Aérocampus Aquitaine, specializing in training for careers in aircraft maintenance, is set to be particularly involved in training and apprenticeships for new recruits.
A choice driven by the dynamism of the Bordeaux aeronautical industry
The Mérignac site was chosen due to the many advantages linked to the proximity with the Dassault Aviation establishment where the Rafale and Falcon aircraft are assembled.
In addition, the region’s employment base offers a large pool of expertise in the field of aeronautical activities, ideal for the development of a maintenance activity.
The strength of the training infrastructure and the presence of many subcontractors are also advantages for this major investment project and for Bordeaux and its region.
Invest in Bordeaux supported this project in its mobility component for employees transferred to Merignac from the Le Bourget maintenance center.The agency also provided its expertise and knowledge of partnerships and local networks.