“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Dassault order losses exceed sales
Dassault Aviation logged $1.28 billion in Falcon sales in the first half of the year, down from $1.56 billion in the same period last year after order cancellations far exceeded sales. Thus, Dassault's consolidated orders for the first six months equaled negative $1.5 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in the year-ago period. The company delivered 26 Falcons in the first half of this year, versus 34 in the same span last year. Despite the weak first half, Dassault said it is still committing resources to developing the Falcon 900LX and the super-midsize Falcon SMS.