The next TBM: What's in a name?

September 18, 2008

Officials at EADS Socata are still mum about its rumored next airplane, but at least they’ll allow that the project has a name. The upcoming design’s working name is being called the NTx.

The NT stands for “next twin,” and the “x” represents a bit of uncertainty. It either stands for a 6-seat or 8-seat cabin configuration, or perhaps the design will come in two cabin sizes, the company says.

There’s obviously more to the project than just its name, but spokesmen aren’t willing to go there just yet. The airplane doesn’t have a launch date or a firm price target.

More information may be revealed at the upcoming National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 6 to 8.