Daher’s first TBM 900 for French charter operations is received by Strasbourg-based AltiJet
Tarbes, France, October 7, 2015 – A new TBM 900 has been delivered to Strasbourg-based AltiJet, positioning it to become the first French charter operator with Daher’s latest version of the TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family.
Created by Jean Gay, a 24 year-old pilot, AltiJet initially will offer private transportation services to local companies, and also has filed an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) application to provide charter flight services that respond to customer demand in the Alsace region.
« We congratulate AltiJet for the selection of a TBM 900 to begin its activity,” commented Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit. “As a start-up, this underscores the values of new-generation entrepreneurs who understand the TBM is a flexible transportation tool which meets their expectations in terms of cost and efficiency. »
Chabbert said once AltiJet obtains its Air Operator’s Certificate, it will be France’s inaugural charter company to utilize the TBM 900, and the country’s second operator to fly a TBM very fast turboprop family member for such services. More TBMs are expected to be introduced during the near future on business operations in France’s most dynamic regions.
« Thanks to the TBM 900 and its particularly low operating costs, we want to put private aviation within the reach of businesses and individuals, » explained Jean Gay, the AltiJet co-CEO and founder. « With its performance, the TBM 900 will provide nonstop flights to some 3,200 destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean region.”
Since 2013, French regulations have enabled TBMs to be used within the country for public transportation of passengers while operating in instrument flight conditions. The first to operate a TBM in charters under these regulations is Voldirect, located at Rennes in Brittany, which utilizes a TBM 850 version. Based on France’s experience, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) plans to allow this type of operation in Europe within a year, enabling a new category of air taxi services within European airspace that benefit from the TBM family’s speed, efficiency and comfort.
About the TBM 900 – www.tbm.aero
The TBM 900 is the latest member in Daher’s TBM family of very fast single-engine turboprop aircraft. It offers superior performance – a maximum cruise speed of 330 kts. – and high efficiency with a 1,730 naut. mi. maximum range and a fuel consumption at economy cruise of 37 U.S. gallons per hour. This results from aerodynamic improvements, along with other aircraft enhancements. The maximum range and useful load, as well as the ability to land at small airports, are some of its customers’ favorite features. As of September 15, 2015, deliveries of TBM 900s brought the total number of TBM-series aircraft received by customers to 745, with this global fleet accumulating more than 1.2 million flight hours.
About Daher – www.daher.com
Daher is an equipment supplier developing Integrated Industrial systems for aerospace and advanced technologies. By combining its expertise in industrial manufacturing, product and process engineering, logistics and transport, and industrial services, Daher designs and develops Integrated Industrial Systems. Daher has established itself as a leader in 5 fields of activity: aircraft manufacturer, aerostructures and systems, integrated logistics, nuclear services, and valves. Daher posts annual turnover of nearly one billion euros, and its order book stands at around three and a half years of turnover. Driven by bold innovation ever since it was founded in 1863, Daher has established itself today as one of the major players of the 3rd industrial revolution.
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