(Teterboro, New Jersey, January, 5, 2012) – Dassault Falcon has promoted Antoine
Ajarrista to Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Little Rock Completion
Center in Arkansas. The appointment became effective January 1. when he replaced
Frederic Lherm who was named Senior Vice President of Industrial Operations for
Dassault Aviation in St Cloud, France.
As General Manager, Ajarrista now oversees all day-to-day operations of Dassault’s
largest facility, which is responsible for the completion of nearly all Falcon aircraft. For
the past three and a half years, he has served as Senior Vice President of Operational
Control in Little Rock.
“Delivering Falcon aircraft on-time and with the highest level of quality expected by our
customers is our main focus,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault
Falcon. “Antoine’s first-hand experience in Little Rock, coupled with his long-term
performance in Dassault’s industrial operations, are key factors that will help us achieve
our delivery goals.”
Before moving to Little Rock, Ajarrista, had served as Production Director in Dassault’s
Bordeaux-Merignac facility, where he was responsible for military programs. Prior to
joining the Merignac plant in 2001, Ajarrista held a variety of management positions in
Dassault Aviation’s engineering department since joining the company in 1987.
Ajarrista holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de
Dassault Falcon Backgrounder:
Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the
world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70
countries across five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the
complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both
France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total
workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, 2,000 Falcon jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets — the Falcon 900LX, and the 7X — as well as the twin-engine 2000LX and
DAS - West Palm Beach is authorized by the FAA to perform “A” inspections up to the “4A+” inspection on the Falcon 50, Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 family of aircraft as well as the Falcon 7X.
Parts warehouses in Le Bourget, France; San Jose, CA; Teterboro, NJ; and Singapore will be stocked with ample inventories to support spare part needs.
To date, the 5,950 nm Falcon 7X fleet has accumulated more than 57,000 flight hours, operating in over 25 countries with orders coming from more than 40 countries.