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Dassault Aviation appoints new General Manager for DFS

Dassault Aviation appoints new General Manager for Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), the company-owned Falcon service centers based in Paris-Le Bourget and Bordeaux-Mérignac.

Pierre-Etienne Aubin was chosen to succeed Jean Kayanakis, who is now senior VP for the company’s Worldwide Falcon Customer Service & Service Center Network.

Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO at Dassault Aviation, said: “Pierre-Etienne’s exceptional project management and lean management skills will stand him in good stead in his new position. These skills, together with his expertise in digital transformation, will contribute greatly to enhancing the efficiency of DFS operations and optimizing the Falcon customer experience.”

Mr Aubin moves up from VP Maintenance Operations at DFS, where he worked on improving the quality of maintenance by raising on-time and on-cost delivery performance. He was also involved in the management of Falcon 7X maintenance growth—an effort that culminated in construction of the new DFS maintenance, overhaul and repair (MRO) facility at the Bordeaux, France Mérignac airport—and development of paperless maintenance documentation processes.

DFS offers customized maintenance plans for Falcon operators and a full range of charter and aircraft management services. It also operates satellite service stations in Russia, France, Italy and more, dispatching 24/7 mobile rapid response GoTeams throughout the Eastern Hemisphere.

Mr Aubin is a certified private aviation pilot and parachutist as well as the recipient of the For Merit and Médaille de l’Aéronautique awards.