Orlando, Florida, October 30, – DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM 850 Elite very fast turboprop aircraft is on display at this week’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 65th annual convention and exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
This aircraft is the latest version of DAHER-SOCATA’s very fast turboprop, offering enhanced flexibility to operators with the possibility of reconfiguring its cabin from six to four seats.
To enable this, DAHER-SOCATA has designed new intermediate seats that can be oriented in a forward-facing position, while the rear seats are removable. In approximately 30 minutes, the TBM 850 Elite can be reconfigured to a four-seat cabin, increasing the luggage volume capacity by three and doubling the maximum luggage weight.
DAHER-SOCATA has presented the TBM 850 Elite to different target audiences throughout the 2012 international convention and event season, which is wrapping up with the annual NBAA convention.
NBAA offers us the possibility of presenting our latest TBM 850 model to a large audience that is focused on the use efficient aircraft as corporate transportation tools,” commented Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of DAHER-SOCATA Airplane Division. “We are seeing increasing interest for the TBM 850 in this role because of its excellent combination of performance and economics.
The TBM 850 is the world’s fastest certified single-engine turboprop, with a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at 26,000 ft. (in ISA conditions). As an 850-shp version of DAHER-SOCATA’s proven six-seat TBM 700 turboprop business aircraft, the TBM 850 combines cruise speeds and travel times typical of light jets with the economical direct operating costs of a turboprop, along with superior range and payload capacity.
Since its 2005 launch, the TBM 850 has become an international success – with more than 282 aircraft delivered as of October 15, 2012. The combined TBM 700 and TBM 850 fleet now stands at over 600 units worldwide and has exceeded 990,000 flight hours.
DAHER is a European integrated equipment and services supplier. An independent medium-sized 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 a 1.1 billion-dollar annual turnover. As of December 31, 2011, it held a 2.5 billion euro backlog representing three years of turnover.
DAHER-SOCATA – which is the DAHER group’s aerospace activity – 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.
DAHER-SOCATA last year celebrated 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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