Edition 2011 show for business aviation, which opens its doors this morning in Geneva, will not be that of the much-awaited recovery. Despite the voluntarism of manufacturers which multiply models to boost demand, sales remain very below their level of before the crisis, with a total of 128 business jets delivered at the global level in the first quarter, against 164 year last at the same time and 250 in 2007, according to the association of business Gama aircraft manufacturers. In value, the market did not exceed 3.7 billion during the quarter.
At the time, professionals in the sector referred to their hopes for 2012. "The situation is improving, but slowly", explains Charles Edelstenne, CEO of Dassault Aviation. The French aircraft manufacturer, which yesterday unveiled the 2000S (photo) Falcon, a "super-mid-size" of 10 tickets "less than $ 25 million", which will be its entry-level model, table on 70 deliveries in 2011, against 95 last year. "The number of transactions increased, the stock of aircraft available on the market of the decreases opportunity, but economic uncertainty still hamper business." "The real recovery will therefore wait 2012," said Charles Edelstenne. After two years of balance of negative commands for Dassault Aviation, new orders should outweigh significantly the cancellations in 2011, believes. Last year, the aircraft manufacturer had finished on a negative balance of 9 commands, which already marked a net progress compared with the 163 commands lost 2009.
Same-side clients, Netjets Europe, the number one European timeshare business aircraft rental. "We do a little more flying hours last year, but we are far from 2007 levels, recognizes its Vice President, Marine Eugène. For what we are, we do not expect to return to the level of before the crisis before 2013-2014.
The European subsidiary of Netjets, which has carved its commands and its workforce in 2009, has not take delivery of any apparatus before 2013 and must still negotiate an order for 20 aircraft with Dassault. Its parent Netjets US had good sensation, in announcing last year a giant order of 120 units to Canadian Bombardier, for a value for $ 6.7 billion. But this agreement off standards - the most important business s aviation history ' is limited, for the time being, to 50 firm orders. With for consideration, the purchase by Netjets 50 jets Bombardier, Gulfstream and Dassault Aviation had intended accept that. The only good surprise to the beginning of this year is takeoff spurt in the Chinese market, just to open its skies to business aircraft. "China is the market where we sold more aircraft than in the first quarter," said Charles Edelstenne. It is beyond our expectations.
According to John Rosanvallon, the CEO of Dassault Falcon, China generated half orders since the beginning of the year, or 15 devices, most of the 7 X, the flagship of the range, $ 40 million unity. Falcon pattern, which has sold only 20 aircraft in China, "the three quarters the last eighteen months", table on potential demand of business annually jets 100, all constructors combined. "Knowing that the fleet of aircraft in China is today limited to 100 fixtures, against 10,000 in the United States, the potential of the Chinese market is huge," he says.