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Representatives with EADS Socata's told attendees at this week's
Paris Air Show sales of the planemaker's new TBM 850
turboprop-powered business aircraft are being paced by orders from
US customers, which account for more than 70 percent of total
bookings to date.
EADS Socata expects to deliver 50 TBM 850s this year, of which
41 are for the U.S. market, with the remaining aircraft sold in
Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2006 -- the first year of availability
for the pressurized, six-seat aircraft -- EADS Socata delivered 36
TBM 850s to US customers, while six more were sold elsewhere.
"We are extremely pleased with the TBM 850's US success, which
clearly demonstrates the need for an aircraft combining the TBM
850's speed, comfort and turboprop efficiency," said Nicolas
Chabbert, president of EADS Socata North America.
"At a time when there is much talk about the new category of
very light jets, the TBM 850 has found its place in the market. The
attractiveness of a turboprop-powered aircraft is further
reinforced by the growing cost of fuel, as well as its lower impact
on the environment," he said.
EADS Socata is delivering an average of one TBM 850 per week to
the United States, with a cadre of pilots performing transatlantic
ferry flights from the aircraft's Tarbes, France production site,
according to the company.
US sales and support of the TBM 850 are managed by EADS Socata
North America in Pembrook Pines, FL which has created a network of
distributors and service centers across the country.
TBM 850 customers in the United States include entrepreneurs,
corporations and owner-pilots. The aircraft builds on the TBM 700
business aircraft and provides a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS
at a 26,000 ft. cruise altitude in ISA conditions. This gives
pilots the cruising speeds of light jets with the direct operating
costs of a single-engine turboprop.
The company is also offering the TBM 850 as a multi-role
platform for US homeland security, border patrol, drug
interdiction, law enforcement and special operations missions.
The aircraft can be outfitted with an electro-optical/infrared
mission package and a fully retractable under fuselage turret,
which is controlled by a "plug-and-play" operator's console
installed in the mid cabin.