October 15, 2018 / 5:50 PM / a month ago

Dassault will raise production rates on certain models: CEO

FILE PHOTO: Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer Eric Trappier poses in a hangar in front of a model of the Falcon 6X, a new business jet due to enter service in 2022, in Le Bourget, near Paris, France, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Tim Hepher/File Photo

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - French planemaker Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA) will nudge up production rates on certain business jet models, including its Falcoln 8x and 2000 jets, Chief Executive Eric Trappier said on Monday, a sign of broader industry demand for corporate aircraft.

“We are at the moment increasing a little bit our rate of production,” Trappier told reporters ahead of a major industry aviation show in Orlando. He would not give specifics.

Trappier said Dassault expects to deliver 40 business jets in 2018. Trappier said he would increase production of certain models in 2020.

After years of sluggish sales, potential buyers are looking closely at new models of business jets with longer ranges and elements like high-speed WiFi, planemakers and forecasters said at the executive aircraft industry’s largest convention in Orlando.

Reporting By Allison Lampert; Editing by David Gregorio

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