Daher-Socata airplane division senior v-p Nicolas Chabbert gave an optimistic outlook at EBACE for sales of the French manufacturer’s TBM 850 turboprop single. At about 40 examples of the aircraft, deliveries this year will be close to last year’s 38–but this time the backlog is much stronger: “We have sold 95 percent of the planned production,” Chabbert said.
Moreover, only 8 percent of the TBM fleet is reported to be for sale on the second-hand market. None of them has the current avionics standard–a Garmin G1000 suite. “Our situation on the pre-owned market is ideal,” said Chabbert.
Daher-Socata can be found at the show at Booth 1643, and it has brought a TBM 850 to the EBACE static park.
Chabbert also announced that Abalone Group, a specialist in providing temporary workers, has taken delivery of a new TBM 850 Elite. The Nantes, France-based company is the first corporate customer for the Elite. The executives and managers of Abalone–a small firm employing 70–will use it for long-distance trips.
“We noticed also that activity on board our corporate aircraft is the continuity of our office activity so the travel time is typically productive time…on [flights of] several hours, comfort of the private plane reduced fatigue,” said Abalone project manager Sacha Moutel.