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German businessmen sign repeat TBM 960 order
Hubert Kristen and Peter Dirkorte have co-owned a TBM 960 since 2023, and chose this next one to help fly staff and customers across the planned expansion of their business in Europe.
Hubert Kristen and Peter Dirkorte, owners of the TBM 960 on display at AERO Friedrichshafen, celebrate their new order with Johannes Graf von Schaesberg, CEO of Rheinland Air Service; Nicolas Chabbert, CEO of Daher’s Aircraft Division; and Frank Prochaska, Director of TBM Sales at Rheinland Air Service.
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A TBM 960 order signed during the AERO Friedrichshafen trade show marks a repeat purchase by two German entrepreneurs for Daher's top-of-the-line member of the TBM very efficient turboprop-powered aircraft family. On hand for the signature were customers Hubert Kristen and Peter Dirkorte, who were joined by executives from Daher's Aircraft Division and Rheinland Air Service, the authorised distributor for TBM and Kodiak aircraft in Austria and Germany.

Kristen and Dirkorte are business partners from northern Germany and have co-owned a TBM 960 since 2023 for use in business travel between the branch locations of their companies. Their newly ordered TBM 960 will be delivered next year.

"We thank Hubert Kirsten and Peter Dirkorte for their confidence in the TBM 960," says Nicolas Chabbert, CEO of Daher’s Aircraft Division. "Their new order highlights the benefits of the TBM 960 as a highly efficient travel solution within Europe for its low fuel consumption and flexibility. This is a response to the current environmental challenges that general aviation faces today on the continent."

Dirkorte says: "We chose the TBM 960 for its payload-range combination, which is perfectly adapted for our needs in flying staff members and customers within the ranges required for the planned expansion of our business in Europe."

Both owners underscore the unique cost and performance ratio of the single engine turboprop-powered TBM when compared to a jet. They praised the TBM 960's shorter take off and landing characteristics, which enable the aircraft to access a greater number of airports.

Kirsten adds that the TBM 960's flight safety-enhancing automation features played a key role in their aircraft acquisition decision: "This includes the HomeSafe autoland system. Because we typically fly as single pilots, the integration of autoland in the TBM 960 brings an added element of operational safety as well as peace of mind for passengers."

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