Tarbes, France, January 5, 2011 – DAHER-SOCATA announced that 38 TBM 850s were delivered in 2010, bringing the total number of the very fast turboprop aircraft received by customers to 222 since its introduction in 2006.
This is the fourth best year for the TBM program since 1990, putting the overall TBM fleet number at 545. In 2010, the combined flight time of these aircraft exceeded 800,000 flight hours.
Most of the TBM 850s purchased in 2010 were acquired by U.S. customers (76 percent), with Europe representing 13 percent of the year’s sales. Latin America was next with five percent, followed by Asia-Pacific and Africa with three percent each. Included in last year’s activity were DAHER-SOCATA’s first deliveries of new TBM 850s in Nigeria and Poland – demonstrating the aircraft’s expanding market penetration.