DAHER-SOCATA reports that 40 new TBM 850s were delivered in 2013, providing a 5% increase from 2012 and representing a 20% market share for aircraft in its category – up from 18% in 2012.
This marks the fourth best year for the company’s TBM aircraft family since 1990, according to company officials.
The 2013 deliveries bring total TBM-series aircraft received by customers to 662 units, of which 338 are the TBM 850 version, the latest member of DAHER-SOCATA’s very fast turboprop aircraft product line.
The majority of TBM 850s purchased in 2013 — 72% — were sold to customers in the U.S.
Europe accounted for 10% of the deliveries, with France taking the lead in this region for the first time since the TBM 700’s introduction.
Latin America represented 7.5% of TBM 850 deliveries, with these aircraft handed over in Brazil, Chile and Mexico. In addition to a TBM 850 provided for Australia, the aircraft’s global scope expanded in 2013 as Saudi Arabia became the first Middle East country to welcome a TBM.