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Daher delivers the first Kodiak 100 Series III turboprop-powered utility aircraft sold to a Polish customer

Friedrichshafen, Germany, April 22, 2024 – Daher today announced its delivery of the first new Kodiak 100 Series III utility aircraft for a customer in Poland.

This milestone was marked at Germany’s AERO Friedrichshafen trade show, where the customer – Polish businessman Mariusz Saran – was represented by Piotr Lasek, whose Plane4you company specializes in facilitating new and pre-owned aircraft transactions on behalf of clients.

The Kodiak 100 Series III aircraft acquired by Mariusz Saran is shown prior to its departure from Daher’s Kodiak production facility in Sandpoint, Idaho on the ferry flight to Germany (at left). The photo at right, taken in front of another Kodiak 100 displayed at AERO Friedrichshafen, shows (from left to right): Piotr Lasek, the customer representative from Plane4you; along with Marle Möhlig, Director of Kodiak Sales at Rheinland Air Service; and Nicolas Chabbert, CEO of Daher’s Aircraft Division.

Lasek explained that Saran learned to fly three years ago, and soon set the goal of acquiring an airplane to facilitate his visits to customers and partners across Europe. 

“When Mr. Saran thought about a solution for his business travels, he wanted an aircraft that he could fly by himself while opening access to the many grass strips in Poland,” Lasek said. “He soon was convinced of the Kodiak’s qualities, and initially wanted to purchase a pre-owned Kodiak 100 from Rheinland Air Service – the authorized Daher distributor in Austria and Germany, but finally chose to buy a new aircraft to benefit from all its advantages, including the four-year maintenance coverage.” 

Saran was aboard the airplane for its ferry flight from Daher’s Sandpoint, Idaho production site for Kodiak in the U.S. to Rheinland Air Service’s location in Monchengladbach, Germany, where the official handover took place.

The Kodiak 100 Series III incorporates enhancements and standard features for improved flight safety, greater cabin comfort, augmented operational capabilities from both unimproved strips and on water with floats, as well as upgraded quality and more comprehensive maintenance coverage.

About Daher –www.daher.com / www.tbm.aero / www.kodiak.aero
As an aircraft manufacturer, industrialist, industrial service provider and logistician, Daher today has approximately 13,000 employees for a revenue of 1.65 billion euros in 2023. With its family ownership, Daher has been focused on innovation since its creation in 1863. With locations in some 15 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, Daher designs and develops value-added solutions for its aeronautical and industrial customers and partners.

Daher’s Aircraft Division 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.

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About Daher’s aircraft product line – www.kodiak.aero / www.tbm.aero
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. PT6A-135 engine, with the capability of operating on uneven and unimproved runways, as well as on water in the amphibious version. The Kodiak 900 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.

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