Piper Aircraft boosted the warranty for its top-of-the-line turboprop, the M600, an unusual move based on data that extends coverage for both new deliveries and in-service aircraft.
The extension, announced in January, means that M600 owners will enjoy warranty coverage up to 1,500 hours or five years, an increase from the original five-year, 1,000-hour coverage based on performance and utilization of the nearly 100 M600s already in service. The first deliveries date to 2016, and the company reported that owners have been making the most of the model’s range, flying longer legs than expected.
Piper’s M600 was designed to impress and entered service to rave reviews. The $2.9 million aircraft was made to compete with light jets and other high-end turboprops, and the M600 fleet has already amassed more than 21,000 flight hours, producing enough data to give Piper confidence to increase the original warranty and apply it retroactively.