DAHER-SOCATA Launches TBM 850 Fly and Share Your TBM (F.A.S.T.) Co-ownership Program
Access to the world’s fastest single-engine turboprop aircraft is offered
at a fraction of the purchase price
North Perry, Florida, March 23, 2009 – An innovative new program that opens up co-ownership opportunities for the TBM 850 very fast turboprop aircraft was
launched today by DAHER-SOCATA, using the manufacturer’s international distributor and support network for worldwide coverage.
Advantages of the F.A.S.T. (Fly and Share Your TBM) program for operators include low cost of ownership, better utilization of capital assets and professional
F.A.S.T. is ideally suited for two shareholders on a one-third/two-thirds coownership basis, but the program could accommodate up to three shareholders per aircraft. A minimum 100 days of exclusive use is provided per year on an
unlimited flight hour basis – which differs from traditional fractional programs requiring the purchase of annual flight hours that are either used or lost.
“F.A.S.T. provides an unmatched opportunity for customers to fully benefit from the world’s fastest, highest-flying single-engine turboprop aircraft at a fraction of the purchase price,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, the President of SOCATA North America. “It is perfectly suited to today’s business and economic environment – offering travel at jet speeds and turboprop economy with an aircraft that continues
to be a worldwide success story.”
The F.A.S.T. program ensures that all maintenance work is performed in factory approved and FAA-certified repair stations. Its structure guarantees the highest value retention through top-level management of maintenance, tracking and other
Included in F.A.S.T. are on-line flight scheduling, maintenance services, aircraft tracking, subscriptions to charts and databases, professional flight service and a single-contact source for assistance. F.A.S.T.’s configuration ensures predictable
costs over the duration of the program.
In addition to the basic features, additional services available with F.A.S.T. are
flight training, hangar capacity (depending upon the location), car rental, concierge services and insurance.
The TBM 850 continues in sustained production by DAHER-SOCATA, with more than 200 aircraft sold since its launch in 2005, and over 150 delivered to
customers around the globe.
With a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at 26,000 ft. (in ISA conditions), the TBM 850 combines flight and travel times typical of light jets with the range,
excellent payload capacity and highly economical direct operating costs of turboprop aircraft.
The TBM 850 is an 850-shp. version of SOCATA’s proven six seat TBM 700 turboprop business aircraft.
About DAHER-SOCATA: DAHER is a European integrated equipment and services supplier. In addition to aerospace, DAHER specializes in three other sectors: nuclear, defense and industries. DAHER is developing in three fields of expertise: manufacturing, services and transport, which enable it to offer a comprehensive package. DAHER-SOCATA is one of the world’s leading general aviation manufacturers, with more than 17,000 aircraft built since its creation as Morane-Saulnier in 1911. Current products include the TBM 850 high-speed turboprop aircraft, aerostructures for Airbus civil airliners, the A400M military transporter, Dassault Falcon jets, Eurocopter helicopters and Embraer regional jets. DAHER-SOCATA is expanding its customer service activities to support its growing fleet of TBMs and offer its light aviation expertise for aircraft below 19,000 lbs (8.6 metric tons) through avionics modernization, maintenance, repair and overall package offers. Founded in 1863, DAHER is an exclusively family-run, independent international group, with more than 7,200 employees and 12 international installations (four in Western Europe, three in Eastern Europe, two in North America, two in Africa and one in Australia). DAHER will exceed a €930 million turnover in 2009. For more information, visit: www.daher.com and www.tbm850.com