Daher goes on a Quest
French manufacturer Daher, manufacturer of the TBM range of single-engined turboprops, is taking a major step in developing its manufacturing business with the planned acquisition of Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft, which produces the Kodiak 100 Series II STOL utility aircraft. Originally created for humanitarian missions in developing countries and able to operate from uneven and ultra-short runways, the multi-mission Kodiak 100 is certified in 67 countries and more than 270 are in service worldwide.
“This acquisition represents an additional step in our development in the United States and an overall strengthening of our aircraft manufacturing business,” said Daher’s Chief Executive Officer Didier Kayat. “In addition to making Daher the world’s seventh largest aircraft manufacturer in business aviation, it provides us with our first industrial site in the United States… (and is) perfectly aligned with the strategy of intensifying our company’s links with the North American market’s leading aerospace players.”
Daher Chairman Patrick Daher added: “Quest was built on a foundation of values that are common to our two companies, with a focus on excellence and with the commitment to a highquality, extremely robust product.
As a powerful and manoeuvrable aircraft – used particularly for humanitarian missions to provide aid to isolated communities – the Kodiak 100 perfectly complements our TBM product range… We ultimately plan to develop synergies with the two aircraft product lines, introducing technologies and functionalities for the Kodiak that have contributed to the successes achieved by the TBM.”
The acquisition is expected to be finalised by the end of this year, subject to approval by the appropriate authorities in both countries.
Quest-owned Kodiak 100 flies to Daher