Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 6, 2012 – DAHER-SOCATA is displaying its TBM 850 for the first time in the Middle East region with the aircraft’s appearance at the new Abu Dhabi Air Expo general aviation exhibition, being held March 6-8 at Al Bateen Executive Airport.
The TBM 850 exhibited at the event belongs to a Hong Kong-based investment company, which operates it from Asia to Europe — regularly flying distances over 1,000 naut. mi. This perfectly illustrates the capability and reliability of DAHER-SOCATA’s very fast turboprop, and the cost-effective transportation service it offers for businessmen in the Middle East.
We decided to participate at the inaugural aviation exhibition in Abu Dhabi because the Middle East region has several factors that can support the development of general aviation: a growing economy, a territory significantly larger than Europe with less transportation infrastructure, and a smaller general aviation fleet,” said Nicolas Chabbert, DAHER-SOCATA’s Senior Vice President – Airplane Division. “The Abu Dhabi Air Expo will help us begin penetrating this market, as well as meet with potential partners in the area to establish a sales and support network in the region."
DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM 850 is the world’s fastest single turboprop aircraft, with a maximum cruising speed of 320 KTAS at Flight Level 260 (in ISA conditions). It combines cruising speed and trip times of a light jet with the economic direct operating costs, range and moderate environmental signature of a turboprop engine. The maximum range and useful load – which are enhanced on the current version – and the ability to land at small airports are some of its customers’ favorite features. TBM 850 Model Year 2012 is offered with a host of benefits – including an Exclusive Maintenance Program that lowers the scheduled maintenance costs for 5 years or 1,000 hours.
DAHER is a European integrated equipment and services supplier. Independent medium-size company DAHER develops its “industry & services” model in the aerospace, nuclear, defense and industry sectors, concentrating on three core activities: manufacturing, services and transport, which it builds into a global offer.
With a robust engineering-based approach, DAHER is able to deliver innovative and differentiating solutions to its industrial customers. Founded in 1863, DAHER is international with 7,500 men and women in 14 countries over the world. DAHER has achieved a one point one (1.1) billion-dollar turnover last year. As of December 31, its backlog reached 2,580 million euros, representing 2.8 years of annual turnover.
DAHER-SOCATA, DAHER group’s aerospace activities, boasts a global and original offering which brings together its expertise as aircraft manufacturer, airframe supplier, industrial and logistics service provider. All are backed by advanced technological specialties. DAHER-SOCATA’s expertise in these fields and the organization of their synergies enable them to provide manufacturers with specific offers in each segment of the aerospace market: commercial and military aircraft, regional aircraft, helicopters and business aircraft.
This offer is supported and tier-1 equipment manufacturers, with established expertise in four complementary activities presenting a wealth of synergies: aircraft manufacturing, aerostructures, services and technology specialties.
DAHER-SOCATA celebrated last year the 100th anniversary of continuous aircraft production, marking a legacy that began in 1911 with its predecessor company – Aeroplanes Morane-Saulnier.
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