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Daher Sees Continued Success in Single-Engine Turboprop Niche

French Manufacturer Caps 2023 with 74 Delivered and 100+ on Order

Daher's sales and deliveries were pretty brisk through 2023, according to its most recent reports.

The firm "sustained its delivery pace for the TBM and Kodiak aircraft families" with new bookings extending the backlog into 2025. The wave of interest in private, capable traveling aircraft continues unabated, with sales undoubtedly bolstered by the French company's unique high-low blend of products. On one end, Daher customers have the speedy, sleek, and seductive TBM turboprop, perfect for safely crossing countries and getting the family away for a weekend in comfort. On the other end, the rough & tumble Kodiak offers similar reliability and safety in a backcountry-ready bushplane, tackling a range of flight missions with an oddball mix of French sophistication and rural charm.

Both product lines have continued to sell briskly, with Daher delivering 74 throughout 2023, with 100 more on track into the early months of 2025. That's not too shabby for such a small, expensive niche. Single engine turboprops continue to occupy an unusual spot in the general aviation market - single-pilot capable, high performance, and safe but often just out of reach for the average run-of-the-mill piston buyer. With the corporate end often covered by jets and twin turboprop aircraft, Daher's niche has to hammer on those who see the performance, capability, and style of their lineup while being able to afford and often pilot it. Somehow, they manage to meet their goals year after year. The TBM family saw 56 deliveries, with its new stepsister the Kodiak logging 18 throughout the year. Daher notes that the majority of TBMs delivered were the top-flight 960 model, 43 of which were tendered to North America.
 
“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.”

FMI: www.daher.com

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