|Daher’s airplane business unit delivered 55 TBM 900 turboprop singles last year, a 10-percent increase compared with 2014 and the second-best year since the first TBM was delivered in 1991. The peak year for TBM deliveries was 2008, when 60 TBM 850s were delivered to customers.
Last year, the U.S. continued to be the strongest market for the aircraft with 44 deliveries, followed by Latin America with seven (five in Brazil and two in Mexico) and four in Europe (two in Germany and one each in France and Spain). Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s airplane business unit, expects this year to be a challenging one for the international aircraft marketplace, though he anticipates the U.S. market will remain solid.
“Last year’s TBM 900 results clearly confirm the continued value of our very fast turboprop, backed by services that definitely meet our customers’ expectations,” said Chabbert. To date, 767 TBMs have been delivered to international owners and operators, with the global fleet accumulating some 1.3 million flight hours. The latest model—the TBM 900—was introduced in March 2014 and has a top cruise speed of 330 knots and a 1,730-nm range.
by AINalerts January 12, 2016