Cannes, France, June 7, 2012 – DAHER-SOCATA is using a touch of French class in showcasing the TBM 850 Elite version of its very fast turboprop at the 6th Cannes AirShow, held June 7-9 at France’s Cannes-Mandelieu International Airport.
For this event, Longchamp – the French luxury leather goods company – has provided a set of fine leather and fabric travel luggage to highlight the additional baggage possibilities offered with the new TBM 850 Elite. The aircraft’s quick-change interior configuration enables its rear seats to be removed, tripling the pressurized cabin’s available storage volume, allowing a luggage load of up to 507 lb. (230 kg.) in addition to the four persons on board.
“We’re using the French flair at Cannes to underscore one of our TBM 850 Elite’s new highlights, as this air show is a leading meeting point in southern Europe for pilots and aircraft owners,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Vice-President of DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Division. “We’re particularly honored to partner with Longchamp, a company well known around the world for the craftsmanship and quality of its travel bags, which are highly appreciated by aviators.”
The Cannes AirShow is the primary general aviation event in France, and a leading gathering in southern Europe, for a wide cross-section of the community.
The TBM 850 is the world’s fastest 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 excellent range and payload capacity.
The Model Year 2012 TBM 850 Elite was unveiled in March at the U.S. SUN ’N FUN International Fly-In & Expo, offers a unique capability to tailor the passenger cabin to meet operators’ needs. The middle seats can be oriented in forward-facing position while the rear seats are removable. In about 30 minutes, the TBM 850 can be reconfigured in a four-seat cabin, increasing the luggage volume capacity by three and doubling the maximum luggage weight.
DAHER-SOCATA offers also a new carbon fiber edging for aircraft and include in the list of options, Garmin’s GSR 56 Iridium satellite transceiver. This gives worldwide access to quality on-demand weather information and text/voice communications.
Moreover, DAHER-SOCATA has extended its Exclusive Maintenance Program to cover scheduled maintenance costs for the original retail customer through the aircraft’s fifth annual inspection, or up to 1,000 total flight hours – whichever comes first.
Since its 2005 launch, the TBM 850 has become an international success – with more 266 aircraft delivered as of April 30, 2012. The combined TBM 700 and TBM 850 fleet now stands at 590 units worldwide.
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 a 1.1 billion-dollar annual turnover. As of December 31, 2011, it holds a 2.5 billion euros backlog representing 3 years 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 specialities.
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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