• Daher Socata's TBM 850 turbo-prop. (Daher)
    Daher Socata's TBM 850 turbo-prop. (Daher)

DAHER-SOCATA's worldwide fleet of TBM 700 and TBM 850 single-engine turbo-props has passed the milestone of one million hours of operation.

With 620 TBM examples in the air, the fleet is averaging 120,000 hours of operation each year.

Stephane Mayer, Chairman and CEO of DAHER-SOCATA, said the achievement was important to the company.

"Surpassing this milestone confirms the TBM 850 as the keystone of DAHER-SOCATA's strategy," he said. "This highlights the synergy between manufacturing and services that offers our customers high dispatch reliability."

"With the first million flight hours now a reality, I look forward to the next million-hour achievement."

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, who's PT-6A powers the TBM fleet, presented Mayer with a plaque to mark the milestone.

Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the DAHER-SOCATA Airplane Division, added the one million flight-hour achievement demonstrates that a manufacturer’s aircraft product line has come of age.

“The extensive experience accumulated during 20 years of operations has proven the TBM’s airframe design and validated its reliability,” he explained.

“Reaching this flight-hour achievement also highlights the efficiency of our service network, which can maintain TBM aircraft from the busiest airports in the US to the Australian Outback.”

The TBM 850 claims the title of the world's fastest single-engine turbo-prop, with a speed of 320 kts at FL260 in ISA conditions.

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