(Bordeaux-Merignac, France, July 15, 2009) -- Today, Dassault Falcon celebrated a major milestone in the history of the Falcon aircraft family, with the delivery of its 2000th Falcon at the Bordeaux-Merignac facility. Since the first delivery of the Falcon Mystere 20 in 1965, the Falcon fleet has logged more than 14 million flight hours and 17 different versions of the Falcon aircraft have been designed, produced and delivered in 67 countries.
"Delivering our 2000th Falcon is more than a celebration of success," declared John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "It's a confirmation that all the qualities we've been building on since the Falcon Mystere 20 are essential to great flying. Today, Falcons are recognized worldwide for their spacious comfort, unbeatable performance and unsurpassed value. And they are, by far, the most fuel efficient in their class which means lower emissions".
The 2000th Falcon, a 2000LX was delivered to Koc Holding. Based in Istanbul, Koc Holding is the largest company in Turkey and a leader in both domestic and international markets. The company is among the top 50 companies in Europe and a member of the Fortune Global 200. The group focuses its operations on four core industries: energy, automotive, durable goods and finance and is active in 24 countries, in Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, and China.
"We could not grow our business without our airplanes," declared Mustafa V. Koc, Chairman of Koc Holding. "The Koc Group of companies is spread out with production facilities and dealer networks throughout the world. The business demands fast and efficient travel and our airplanes represent indispensable assets to our company growth." The 2000LX is the newest member of the Falcon family of business jets. Koc Holding also owns a Falcon 2000 and holds an order for a Falcon 900LX, to be delivered at the end of 2011.
"The Falcon 2000LX offers the lowest operating costs of any airplane in the large cabin class and is an ideal business tool for global companies like Koc Holding," said John Rosanvallon. "Sharing this occasion with Koc Holding is remarkable not only because they are among our most faithful customers but they are also a highly respected member of the business community."
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