Daher Socata has launched a special edition of its TBM 850 single engine turboprop series to mark the 100th anniversary of the French business and general aviation manufacturer. The Tarbes-based airframer was established in 1911 under the banner Morane Saulnier. It was renamed Socata in 1966 following its acquisition by Sud Aviation. Thirty-four years later it became a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS until it sold a 70% stake to French aerostructures company Daher in 2008.
The 850's unique paint scheme - developed by French aircraft design company Happy Design Studio - will be available on all 2011-manufactured 850s.
Daher Socata has named London Oxford airport as the base for its new TBM 850 UK/Ireland distributorship. The new company will also be responsible for maintenance, technical support and spare parts provision.
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