Tarbes, France, January 12, 2024 – Daher’s Aircraft Division today announced the deliveries of 74 aircraft from its TBM and Kodiak single-engine turboprop product lines in 2023 while logging orders for another 100 of these aircraft to be delivered during 2024 and into early 2025.
Last year’s deliveries were led by 56 of the efficient and very fast TBM family airplanes in the TBM 960 and TBM 910 versions, along with 18 Kodiak 100s/Kodiak 900s provided to customers and operators during the 12 months.
“These figures reflect the market’s stabilization as we continue to see a strong demand for TBM and Kodiak aircraft, although challenges persist in affecting our industry – including employment and supply chain issues,” commented Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division. “There have been efforts made to address these difficulties and improve the situation. We are seeing the results of our solutions in the employment field through internal training and the attraction of new talent. For the supply chain, the importance of delivering on time will enable us to continue seeking opportunities in a strong market.”
The majority of TBMs delivered during 2023 were the top-of-the-line TBM 960 version, with the largest percentage once again going to the North American market: 43 deliveries were in the U.S., and two were in Canada. Three TBMs were delivered to customers based in Latin America: one in Brazil, one in Mexico and another in Bolivia. The demand remained steady in Europe, resulting in seven deliveries: three for Germany, two for France and two in the U.K. In addition, Daher registered a delivery to a new customer in central Asia.
Daher’s Kodiak deliveries in 2023 involved its two production versions: the Kodiak 100 Series III, which now is offered with a five-blade composite propeller as standard (reducing the noise level and enhancing performance); and the larger, faster Kodiak 900 that was introduced in 2022. The 18 Kodiak aircraft provided last year were delivered to a mix of private owners and multi-mission operators, with North America being the leading market overall. Included among the new customers in 2023 was the North Carolina Forest Service’s Aviation Division.
As of December 31, 2023, a total of 1,187 TBM and 339 Kodiak aircraft had been delivered to owners and operators worldwide, with the global fleet accumulating nearly three million flight hours. They are backed by the resources of Daher’s global support Network, which has been merged into a single entity called TBM & Kodiak Care.
About Daher – www.daher.com
As an aircraft manufacturer, industrialist, industrial service provider and logistician, Daher today has approximately 12,000 employees for a turnover of 1.5 billion euros. With its family ownership, Daher has been focused on innovation since its creation in 1863.
With locations in some 20 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, Daher designs and develops value-added solutions for its aeronautical and industrial customers and partners.
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About Daher’s aircraft product line – www.kodiak.aero / www.tbm.aero
Daher manufactures two families of single-engine turboprop airplanes: the very efficient pressurized TBM in Tarbes, France, and the Kodiak utility aircraft in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA.
Current TBM versions in production are the TBM 960, with Garmin’s G3000 integrated flight deck; and the TBM 910, equipped with the Garmin’s G1000 NXi avionics system controlled by a keypad. Both models offer increased automation and superior performance.
The Kodiak versions are unpressurized 8-10-seat airplanes equipped with Garmin’s G1000 NXi avionics. The Kodiak 100 Series III is powered by a 750 shp. Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135 turbine, with the capability of operating on uneven and unimproved runways, as well as on water in the amphibious version. The Kodiak 900, powered by a 900 shp PT6A-140A has a longer fuselage for more passenger room and cargo space, a cruise speed increase to 210 KTAS, and a greater useful load while offering a maximum range of 1,129 nm. Both offer a unique combination of robust construction, STOL characteristics and remarkable useful load, well-suited for multi-mission operations such as surveillance, MEDEVAC, skydiving and more.