Dassault Falcon business jet deliveries continued to slide in 2016, showing another year-on-year fall because of prolonged weakness in the large-cabin business jet market.

“The weakness of the order intake reflects a difficult business jet market,” the French aircraft manufacturer noted. Cancellations in 2016 included 12 examples of its developmental 5X large-cabin, long-range jet. This was originally scheduled for certification in 2017, but problems with the Snecma Silvercrest engines have pushed back service entry to 2020. According to preliminary figures released by the French airframe on 5 January, Dassault shipped a combined 49 Falcon 2000S/LXS, 900LX, 7X and 8X business jets for the year to 31 December 2016.

Dassault also recorded a 17% fall in net sales during 2016, to 21 aircraft, with its backlog showing similar levels of erosion, dropping to 63 Falcons by 31 December – 28 fewer than the previous year. Dassault Aviation will present full-year annual results and 2017 guidance on March 8 in Paris.