Daher's TBM 900 Seeing Great Success

French airplane maker delivers near record numbers in 2015.

TBM 900
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Daher (then named Daher-Socata) surprised the world nearly two years ago when it introduced the TBM 900, a completely redesigned version of its speedy single-engine turboprop. The new model has become a huge success and, after recently delivering the 100th TBM 900 in December, the company announced that 2015 was the second most successful year since the TBM was introduced in 1991.

Daher delivered 55 of the $3.8 million airplanes last year, just a few airplanes short of the record 60 TBM 850s delivered in 2008 right before the aircraft market saw its latest major downturn. As of today, a total of 767 TBM 900s, 850s and 700s have been delivered.

Featuring 26 modifications from the TBM 850, the 330-knot TBM 900 is the fastest certified civilian single-engine turboprop, though it is possible that the Epic E1000 will claim that spot once it obtains certification.

The TBM 900 has a range of 1,730 nm and burns 37 gph in economy cruise. One of the most noticeable changes with the new model is the addition of winglets, which makes the TBM 900 easy to distinguish from its older TBM siblings.