Daher has delivered its 200th TBM 900-series single-engined turboprop, less than four years after the third generation of the pressurised, high-speed aircraft entered service.
The milestone aircraft – a TBM 910 with the serial number 1200 – was handed over on 14 October to Cutter Aviation, a Daher distributor based in San Antonio, Texas.
Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice-president for Daher's airplane business unit, describes the 900-series aircraft as the "fastest-selling TBMs ever". The programme was officially unveiled in March 2014 as an upgraded version of its TBM 850, itself a refresh of the first-generation TBM 700 that entered service in 1990. A total of 860 TBMs have been delivered to date, says Daher.
Daher now offers two variants of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D-powered 900 series: the $3.9 million TBM 910, launched in April 2017, is the baseline model featuring a Garmin G1000 NXi flightdeck, while the $4.1 million TBM 930 is equipped with the higher-spec G3000 cockpit.
The French airframer says it has shipped 38 TBM 910/930s since 1 January and expects to deliver 56 examples in the full year – evenly split between the two models.