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DAHER announces its acquisition of Quest Aircraft Company, becoming a Franco-American aircraft manufacturer

Paris, June 13, 2019 – Daher – producer of the TBM family, the fastest turboprop aircraft in its category – is taking a major step in developing the company’s airplane manufacturing business with the planned acquisition of Quest Aircraft Company, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA, which builds the Kodiak 100.

With this acquisition, Daher strengthens two of its strategic pillars by:
– Reinforcing its aircraft manufacturing business and consolidating the company’s leading position in the turboprop segment by widening the product family,
– Achieving a major milestone in the growth of its North American industrial and services operations.

The Kodiak 100 is a 10-seat, unpressurized, entry-level aircraft in the single-engine turboprop category. Originally created for humanitarian missions in developing countries, the Kodiak 100 is an agile and robust aircraft, capable of operating on uneven and ultra-short runways, while offering optimal safety. Certified in 67 countries, the Kodiak 100 is used worldwide by air-taxi, recreational and leisure operators, along with businesses, pilot-owners and humanitarian organizations.

The Kodiak 100 will be exhibited by Daher at the Paris Air Show (June 17-23) –
Static display area: Location B4

DAHER strengthens its aircraft manufacturing business with an industrial location in North America
Through this major acquisition, Daher is enhancing its presence in the general and business aviation segment by offering a wider multi-product range. Already well known for its TBM 910 and TBM 940 very fast turboprop aircraft, Daher’s airplane portfolio has now expanded to include the Kodiak 100. With more than 270 Kodiak aircraft in operation, this all-terrain multi-mission aircraft is used worldwide by
air-taxi, recreational and leisure operators, along with businesses, pilot-owners and humanitarian organizations.

“The Quest Aircraft Company’s acquisition represents an additional step in our development in the United States and an overall strengthening of our aircraft manufacturing business,” said Daher CEO 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, thereby reinforcing Daher’s position as a Tier-1 aerospace equipment and systems manufacturer, as well as a logistics and services provider. This key acquisition for Daher is perfectly aligned with the strategy of intensifying our company’s links with the North American market’s leading aerospace players.”

In addition to its development and purchasing synergies, the Quest Aircraft Company’s acquisition offers excellent commercial, technological and geographical complementarities. With more than 150 years of know-how, Daher now intends to invest in this production platform to offer an enhanced services and sales network.

Daher Chairman Patrick Daher stated: “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 high-quality, extremely robust product. As a powerful and maneuverable aircraft – used particularly for humanitarian missions to provide aid to isolated communities – the Kodiak 100 perfectly complements our TBM product range and is fully in line with Daher’s long-term vision as a company committed to the future of aviation.”

The family-owned Daher Group ultimately plans to develop synergies with the two aircraft product lines, introducing technologies and functionalities for the Kodiak aircraft that have contributed to the successes achieved by the TBM.

“The Kodiak 100 is an aviator’s aircraft, just like the members of our TBM family, and we are happy to bring together two communities of passionate pilots and operators with the acquisition of Quest,” explained Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Aircraft Business Unit. “We also are particularly pleased to welcome the 240 employees based in Sandpoint, Idaho to the Daher Group.”

Robert Wells the Quest Aircraft Company’s CEO said: “The know-how of Quest and Daher opens the potential for rapid growth, with the combined operation becoming a key international player. Our teams share the values for craftsmanship and quality, as underscored by Quest’s motto: ‘Built by hand in Sandpoint, Idaho.’”

The acquisition’s closing is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, subject to approval by the appropriate authorities in both countries.

About Daher – www.daher.com

Daher is an aircraft manufacturer and an industry and service equipment supplier. Daher asserts its leadership in three main businesses – aircraft manufacturing, aerospace equipment and systems, logistics and supply chain services – and achieved a turnover of 1.2 billion euros in 2018. With the stability provided by its family ownership, Daher has been committed to innovation since its creation in 1863.

Today, present in 12 countries, Daher is a leader in Industry 4.0, designing and developing value-added solutions for its industrial partners.

About the Daher TBM – www.tbm.aero

About the Daher TBM – www.tbm.aero The TBM 910 and TBM 940 are the latest members in Daher’s TBM family of very fast single-engine turboprop aircraft. Differences between the two models are concentrated on their primary avionics: Garmin’s G1000 NXi avionics system with physical keypad for the TBM 910; Garmin’s G3000 with touchscreen controller for the TBM 940. An autothrottle has been incorporated in the TBM 940, with this aircraft and the TBM 910 also featuring increased automation in deicing protection – features that are firsts for aircraft in the TBM aircraft category. To date, a total more than 940 TBM aircraft have been delivered to international owners and operators, with the global fleet accumulating some 1.7 million flight hours.

About Quest Aircraft Company

Quest Aircraft Company is dedicated to providing access to more people and more places by building the most rugged, reliable, turbine STOL aircraft in the business. For the past decade, the 10-seat Kodiak 100 has proven its versatility in a wide range of public, private, business and humanitarian applications. Today, the Kodiak 100 Series II continues that versatility while also boasting best-in-class safety and technology. Quest Aircraft continues to cultivate a global dealer and support network, providing customers assurance that their missions will be accomplished. The Kodiak is proudly built in Sandpoint Idaho, with a fleet of over 250 aircraft certified in over 55 countries around the globe.

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Allenbaugh
eallenbaugh@questaircraft.com
U.S. tel: +1 (772) 453-9721

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