Da­her goes on a Quest

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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

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