A new TBM 900, first TBM aircraft registered in Mexico highlights the growth of the Latin America Business Aviation market
This TBM 900 was sold by Jet Mach – the TBM distributor in Mexico – to VIP Empresarial, a business charter operator based at Del Norte International Airport (MMAN) in Monterrey, Mexico.
While TBM 700s and TBM 850s have been delivered to Mexican private operators in the past, all had been registered in the U.S. As the initial TBM-series aircraft on the Mexican civil aviation register, the VIP Empresarial aircraft carries the tail number: XA-TSN.
Roberto Ramírez, the principal of VIP Empresarial, said his company selected the TBM 900 for its cruise performance and range, as well as the aircraft’s ability to operate in hot and high conditions and from short runways. Hot-and-high performance capabilities are a must in Mexico, where many airports are situated at altitudes of more than 6,000 ft., including Mexico City (7,316 ft.), Toluca (8,466 ft.) and Puebla (7,361 ft.). With a maximum payload, the TBM 900 is able to take off from an 8,000 ft.-altitude airport, using a 4,500-ft. runway in ISA +30°C conditions.
“This first TBM 900 delivery to a Mexican charter operator is a new step in our penetration of the dynamic Latin America market. We expect this year to have more deliveries in the region especially in Brazil, through our distributor Algar Aviation which has ordered 6 TBM 900 and already delivered 2 to final customers and Mexico with the support of JetMach.” said Nicolas Chabbert, President of SOCATA North America Inc., Daher’s US subsidiary; who also is Senior Vice-President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “We are building on by further strengthening the position of our very fast turboprop aircraft to the satisfaction of our customers. the recognition of our latest very fast turboprop aircraft’s quality and performance, especially its ability to operate at high-altitude Mexican airports,”
About the TBM 900 – www.tbm.aero
The TBM 900 is the latest member of 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 US gal 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. The TBM 900 deliveries in 2014 bring total TBM-series aircraft received by customers to 713 units, with this global fleet accumulating more than 1.2 million flight hours as of January 15.
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 & systems, integrated logistics, nuclear services, and valves.
Daher posts turnover of nearly a 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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