Tarbes, France, February 1, 2023 – Daher’s Aircraft Division today announced the deliveries of 73 aircraft from its Kodiak and TBM single-engine turboprop product lines in 2022, along with record orders during the year for some 100 to be delivered in 2023 and 2024.
The results underscore the combination of performance and efficiency provided by the Kodiak and TBM, as well as Daher’s continual improvement strategy for these aircraft – underscored by the 2022 unveiling of its two latest versions: the TBM 960 with enhanced digital control, and the enlarged Kodiak 900.
“Last year’s business performance benefitted from the dedicated efforts of our production, delivery and sales teams on both sides of the Atlantic, along with our firm engagement to deal with the aviation industry’s continued supply chain challenges and employment shortages,” commented Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division.
Chabbert added that 2022 sales were energized by the introduction of the Kodiak 900 and TBM 960, which contributed to Daher’s logging of an unprecedented backlog for aircraft to be produced during 2023 and 2024.
As in previous years, the majority of TBMs delivered during 2022 were provided to the customer base of TBM pilot/owners in North America (40 aircraft), while increased demand from Europe resulted in 11 deliveries.
For the Kodiak, Daher’s announcement of its family expansion with the Kodiak 900 – combined with the continued popularity of the Kodiak 100 Series III version – boosted the market interest for this utility/STOL (short takeoff and landing) aircraft in 2022. During the year, 17 Kodiak 100s were delivered to a mix of corporate/business operators, private owners and special mission customers. The majority of these were provided in North America, with one aircraft delivered in Europe.
Chabbert said Daher’s launch of the Kodiak 900 has opened significant new sales opportunities, with its 3.9-foot fuselage extension that provides more passenger room and cargo space, the cruise speed increase to 210 KTAS, and a greater useful load while offering a maximum range of 1,129 nm. Additionally, the Kodiak 900’s operating economics have been improved, with a nine percent reduction in specific fuel consumption, which lowers the cost-per-seat-mile and the direct operating costs for commercial operators.
According to Chabbert, owner feedback on the TBM 960 is highly positive, with the in-service fleet steadily growing since deliveries began in 2022. Features of this latest TBM family member include Pratt & Whitney Canada’s advanced PT6E-66XT engine and a fully digital e-throttle (the Engine and Propeller Electronic Control System/EPECS), along with a digitally-controlled cabin that incorporates an all-new environmental control system, LED ambience lighting and electrically-dimmable windows.