After significant effort in the fourth quarter, Daher announced on Wednesday it had delivered 73 of its TBM and Kodiak series in 2022. The manufacturer also reports it has a backlog of 100 orders for 2023 and 2024 on its single-engine turboprops, riding on its debut of the new TBM 960 and Kodiak 900 models during the year.
While the company registered many of the same supply chain challenges that have plagued the aviation industry as a whole, those obstacles were surmounted by the team’s efforts.
“Last year’s business performance benefitted from the dedicated efforts of our production, delivery, and sales teams on both sides of the Atlantic, along with our firm engagement to deal with the aviation industry’s continued supply chain challenges and employment shortages,” said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s Aircraft Division, in a statement.
Chabbert also credited the introduction of the FAA- and EASA-certificated TBM 960 and FAA-blessed Kodiak 900 with “energizing” sales for the next two years. FLYING demoed the TBM 960 for its Q3 issue last year—and the Kodiak 900 is featured in our next “We Fly” report in Issue 934, currently on its way to subscribers.
North America continues to be the strongest market for Daher’s sales in the TBM line, with 40 units going to those customers in 2022, followed by 11 deliveries to clients in Europe. The remainder of the 56 total 960s delivered went elsewhere globally.
The Kodiak series totalled 17 deliveries to a blend of corporate flight departments, private owners, and special missions operators in North America, and one unit to a European customer. One Kodiak 900 was delivered within the total, marking the debut for the new model.
Official delivery numbers for the industry will be disclosed in the upcoming 2022 report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association on February 22.
A New Base
Daher inaugurated a new U.S. headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in late January, strengthening its position as a global aerospace firm. The move consolidates the company’s administrative and management functions into a single Florida base located near its TBM and Kodiak service facility in Pompano Beach (KPMP), as well as its newly acquired aerostructures plant in Stuart (KSUA).
From the new location—convenient to both the Ft. Lauderdale (KFLL) and Miami International (KMIA) airports—Daher expects to expand further into the North American market not only in aircraft and aerostructures manufacturing but also logistics and services.