Daher Deliveries Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Shipments in 2021 of the Kodiak 100 and TBM 940 HomeSafe indicate positive trends for 2022.

Daher acquired the Kodiak 100 assets three years ago. [Photo; Daher]

Good news percolated from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) 2021 deliveries report in the form of a return to pre-pandemic numbers in terms of both shipments and billings—especially in the turboprop segment, which saw a 19 percent increase in deliveries over 2020.

Didier Kayat

Daher gave additional details on its successes in 2021, noting a total of 68 deliveries of its Kodiak 100 (17), TBM 910 (2), and TBM 940 HomeSafe (49).

In fact, it’s even better than a recovery for the TBM models, as Daher delivered only 48 TBMs total in 2019.

“We’re proud of these impressive results for Daher’s Aircraft Division in producing and delivering Kodiak and TBM aircraft—which are even more noteworthy considering the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the supply chain, its effects on the economy, and the downturn in international travel,” said Didier Kayat, CEO of Daher. 

“The perspectives for 2022 are extremely positive, and it could be the best year ever for our aircraft manufacturing activity.”

TBM By the Numbers

Daher gave insight into the regional breakdown of its 2021 TBM customers as well, with the largest number going to North America (39) or 76 percent. Europe followed, with deliveries into:

  • France (2)
  • U.K. (2)
  • Germany (1)
  • The Netherlands (1)

And two into new countries for the model, Cyprus and Denmark. 

GAMA reported that North America accounted for 52.6 percent of turboprop shipments overall last year.

Kodiak By the Numbers

Nicholas Chabbert

The newly revised Kodiak 100—acquired three years ago by Daher—added 17 deliveries to a mix of corporate flight departments, private owners, and special missions operators. North America also accounted for the highest percentage of these sales as well.

“These solid business results underscore the attributes of our aircraft as they continue to evolve in meeting customers’ needs—especially in today’s market conditions, where quality, value, efficiency and performance are, more than ever, key deciding points,” said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s Aircraft Division. 

“This is underscored by our introduction of the numerous enhancements on the Kodiak 100 Series III for improved flight safety, greater cabin comfort, and augmented operational capabilities; as well as the HomeSafe emergency autoland system’s integration on the TBM 940, which is a general aviation safety game-changer for owners and operators.”

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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