Daher Completes Quest Aircraft Acquisition
The acquisition of the Sandpoint, Idaho-based company aligns with Daher Group’s strategy to intensify its business footprint in the U.S., said Didier Kayat, Daher CEO. “In addition to adding the Kodiak to our aircraft portfolio, we have now gained a major competitive advantage for all of Daher’s aerospace business lines in North America.
The activities of Daher, which manufactures the TBM 940 and TBM 910 fast turboprop aircraft, and Kodiak in manufacturing, aerospace components and systems and logistics and services, complement one another, Kayat said.
Daher also gains a U.S. location, which employs more than 260. The U.S. operation includes 129,000 sq. ft. of facilities housing its metallic aerostructures, final assembly, engineering and a maintenance service center.
”By expanding its product line to include both the Kodiak and TBM, Daher becomes the seventh-ranked general aviation airplane manufacturer worldwide and strengthens its position as a leader of high-end single-engine turboprop aircraft. The TBM is the world’s fastest single-engine turboprop-powered airplane, with more than 950 delivered to owners and operators around the globe. The Kodiak is an all-terrain multimission aircraft, with more than 270 in use worldwide by air taxi, recreational and leisure operators, along with businesses, pilot-owners and humanitarian organizations.
“The integration of Kodiak into Daher’s aircraft family provides us with excellent commercial, industrial and geographical synergies,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of the Daher airplane business unit. “In addition to its production capacity, the Sandpoint facility becomes part of our direct sales and maintenance networks, enabling Daher to maintain its competitive edge in the turboprop aircraft sector.”
About 278 Kodiak aircraft are in operation. The Kodiak is certified in 67 countries.
Daher is going to take time before making changes with Kodiak Aircraft. It will concentrate on supporting its customers.
“We are not going to jump to rapid conclusions,” Chabbert said.