Category: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada

Nordic Aviation Capital to be De Havilland Canada's First Customer for Classic Overhead Bin Extension on Dash 8-400 Aircraft

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TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that Nordic Aviation Capital will be the launch customer for the Classic Overhead Bin Extension Solution for the Dash 8-400 aircraft. Under this agreement, De Havilland Canada will be the exclusive supplier of all future Dash 8-400 aircraft classic bin extension modifications for Nordic Aviation Capital’s fleet. The cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution provides additional stowage volume in the Dash 8 aircraft’s cabin and is the perfect solution to meet growing customer requirements for more baggage space.

De Havilland Canada specifically designed the Classic Overhead Bin Extension to accommodate standard roll-aboard bags, thereby reducing the need for gate check service, and greatly improving airline efficiency and passenger comfort. Following each modification, the bins will feature more baggage volume, a larger door opening, a new door with NextGen latches, and will offer a consistent look-and-feel with newer Dash 8-400 aircraft interiors. Each bin also retains the robust design features that have been proven over millions of flights and will now accommodate two standard 22″ Travelpro bags per bin section.

“Over the last few years we have seen an increase in customer carry-on bags as well as an expansion in bag sizes. Having a new configuration that is able to meet these needs is very exciting for us and our customers,” said Tom Turley, Chief Operating Officer, Nordic Aviation Capital. “The Classic Overhead Bin Extension will allow those boarding and departing the aircraft to store and access their belongings with ease, improving overall gate-time and efficiency for passengers and airlines.”

“We are proud to announce Nordic Aviation Capital as the launch customer for the Classic Overhead Bin Extension for the Dash 8-400 aircraft,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “We are excited to have an environmentally friendly solution that manages the need for increased capacity in overhead bins. The extension will provide passengers a more enjoyable travel experience, and airlines a consistent interior layout.”

The Classic Overhead Bin Extension solution is currently being developed with De Havilland Canada’s supplier Safran Interiors.

Maldivian Signs Service Agreements with De Havilland Canada to Enhance Operational Performance for Fleet of Dash 8 Aircraft

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TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that it has signed service agreements with Maldivian that will significantly enhance the airline’s operational performance. The agreements will provide A and C Check Maintenance Interval Extensions, as well as Enhanced Structural Inspection Requirements (ESIR) for the airline’s fleet of 10 Dash 8-200 and Dash 8-300 aircraft.  Maldivian, owned and operated by Island Aviation Services Limited, is the National Airline of the Maldives, one of the most geographically dispersed countries in the world.

“We are very excited to work with De Havilland Canada on our A and C Check Maintenance Intervals Extensions and ESIR service agreements,” said Mohamed Rizvi, Managing Director, Maldivian. “We are always looking for modern techniques to increase our operational efficiencies, aircraft utilisation and improve customer experience. Knowing we have the support and experience of De Havilland Canada provides us with additional time to focus on other business activities.”

“A and C Check Maintenance Interval Extensions offer airlines longer time periods between maintenance checks, resulting in reduced maintenance downtime and increased aircraft availability,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “Maldivian currently operates with an A Check maintenance interval of 500 flight hours and a C Check maintenance interval of 5,000 flight hours. The extension to be provided by De Havilland Canada will increase the A Check intervals up to 800 flight hours and the C Check intervals up to 8,000 flight hours and multiples – increasing revenue-generating opportunities over the lifespan of the airline’s Dash 8-200 and Dash 8-300 aircraft.

“The ESIR support that we will provide targets aircraft flying over 40,000 cycles, significantly extending the repeat intervals of mandatory structural inspections. In doing so, Maldivian will benefit from fewer inspections, lower material costs and increased flying time. We are delighted that Maldivian selected De Havilland Canada to provide these service solutions and we look forward to offering ongoing support to enhance their operations,” added Mr. Young.

De Havilland Canada and Viking Air Limited Suspend Preparation for Singapore Airshow 2020

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VICTORIA, Feb. 7, 2020 /CNW/ – In light of the increased alert level announced today by the Singapore Government and Ministry of Health due to incidents of Coronavirus in Singapore, Longview Aviation Capital (“Longview Aviation”) has elected to cancel the participation of its subsidiary companies, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) and Viking Air Ltd. (“Viking”) in the 2020 Singapore Airshow scheduled to be held from February 11th to 16th, 2020.

Viking Air Ltd. (CNW Group/Longview Aviation Capital Corp.)

Earlier today, Minister Lawrence Wong, Co-Chair of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on Novel Coronavirus in Singapore, issued a statement advising that the government of Singapore has increased the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level from Yellow to Orange, and recommended that all large-scale events be canceled or deferred.

Based on this recommendation, and out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our employees, De Havilland Canada and Viking will not be in attendance at the 2020 Singapore Airshow as previously planned.  In addition, De Havilland Canada media briefings scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11 and 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12th are cancelled.

Longview Aviation apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause our customers, suppliers, and stakeholders, and welcome an opportunity to reschedule meetings as appropriate.

De Havilland Canada Team on the Way to Singapore Airshow 2020 to Showcase Product and Service Offerings for Customers in the Asia-Pacific Region

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TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is ready to reaffirm its commitment to customers in the Asia-Pacific region during the upcoming Singapore Airshow. A Dash 8-400 aircraft, which is one of two recently delivered to leasing company TrueNoord, will be a feature of the airshow’s static display. The aircraft is configured with 86 seats and will be operated by PAL Express, an airline under the banner of Philippine Airlines, the flag carrier of the Philippines.

The exhibited aircraft, along with a demonstration of Expliseat’s ultra-light TiSeat E2 in De Havilland Canada’s Chalet, will re-inforce the availability of “extra capacity” options for the Dash 8-400 aircraft that are suitable for the Asia-Pacific region. Depending on aircraft configuration, the TiSeat E2 reduces in-flight weight by 300 to 1,000 lbs. and offers up to 1 per cent in fuel savings, while preserving passenger comfort.

“We are excited to be participating in our first Singapore Airshow as De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, and to be showcasing a Dash 8-400 aircraft owned by TrueNoord and operated by PAL Express,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “Our teams will be available to demonstrate how the Dash 8-400 aircraft’s unmatched performance and operational flexibility offer our customers the versatility of turboprop economics with jet-like performance.”

The Dash 8-400 aircraft can be adapted to meet many business models. With industry-leading passenger amenities, operating costs and environmental footprint, the Dash 8-400 aircraft is the pinnacle of the modern turboprop. The aircraft’s low fuel consumption and low maintenance costs, in combination with its productivity and performance attributes, make it an ideal aircraft for a wide diversity of airlines around the globe.

De Havilland Canada will be located in Chalet CD19 during the Airshow which runs from February 11-16, 2020.

WestJet Dash 8 landing accident

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By Glenn Sands February 3, 2020

The nose gear of a de Havilland Dash 8-400 operated by WestJet collapsed at the aircraft touched down at Terrace Northwest Regional Airport in British Columbia on January 31. The Dash 8 was operating from Vancouver, British Columbia when the accident happened.

Canada’s Aviation Herald stated that as C-FKWE touched down on the airport’s Runway 33, the plane’s nose gear collapsed before it came to halt on the runway. The flight’s 42 passengers left the aircraft with no injuries.

The Dash 8 was being operated by WestJet Encore, which is a regional arm of the LCC Canadian airline. The airline selected the Dash 8 to serve in the remote regions and currently has 47 of the type, most of which arrived in 2018.

Government of Canada is increasing its eyes in the sky with a new aircraft for its marine surveillance program

Transport Canada Press Release

January 30, 2020     Ottawa    Transport Canada

Canada’s oceans are a source of inspiration and pride for all Canadians, and contribute to the growth of our economy. As overseas trade and the movement of goods grow, there is a need for greater emphasis on marine safety and environmental protection. Now more than ever, the Government of Canada recognizes that enhanced prevention measures are needed to respond to marine pollution incidents faster and more effectively, and to better protect marine ecosystems and habitats.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau announced that Transport Canada has acquired a new addition to its National Aerial Surveillance Program’s aircraft fleet.

Through the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan and the Whales Initiative, a De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft was acquired to increase the capacity of the National Aerial Surveillance Program. This Program’s marine surveillance missions include detecting oil spills and other marine pollution, and monitoring ship and endangered whale movements.

Over the next two years, the Dash 8 will undergo modifications to become a maritime patrol aircraft. The aircraft will be equipped with specialized maritime surveillance systems that are currently used on Transport Canada’s existing fleet.

Transport Canada is also building a new National Aerial Surveillance Program Complex in Iqaluit, Nunavut, to support northern operations.

Aerial surveillance is a vital tool to monitor Canada’s endangered, iconic whale populations, and decrease oil spills. It is used to monitor the designated shipping zones for endangered North Atlantic right whales, located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and in Arctic operations such as verifying vessel pollution detected by satellites.

Quotes

“Our Government is committed to safe navigation and protection of the marine environment. Expanding our surveillance aircraft fleet allows us to improve local marine reporting and reduce the frequency of oil spills in Canada. This supports our commitment to protecting the endangered marine mammal population.”

Minister of Transport
The Honourable Marc Garneau

“Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program is an essential piece of our government’s efforts to keep Canada’s coasts and inland waters safe and clean. I am pleased to support this work through the procurement of a new Dash 8 aircraft to enhance surveillance capacity under the program, leading to a cleaner environment and a safer shipping industry.”

The Honourable Anita Anand
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Quick facts

  • Transport Canada’s surveillance aircraft are equipped with cameras that can covertly monitor vessels from five miles away and at 20,000 feet altitude.
  • National Aerial Surveillance Program aircraft are equipped with technology that can live stream video from the aircraft to personnel on the ground, in offices and to people’s phones.
  • The De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft was purchased pre-owned and had the lowest number of hours compared to any other Dash-8-100 aircraft on the market.
  • In 2018-2019, the National Aerial Surveillance Program set a record for the number of hours flown with a total of 4,152 hours of surveillance over 27,520 vessels for an average of 6.63 vessel over flights per hour.

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De Havilland Canada Demonstrates Commitment to the Middle East and Africa During this Week’s Dubai Airshow

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  • Announced commitments for up to 37 Dash 8-400 aircraft, the world’s most advanced, most productive and most eco-friendly turboprop
  • Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Palma Capital Limited and Export Development Canada to facilitate potential Dash 8-400 aircraft transactions
  • Enhanced support to customers in the region with the addition of two Authorized Service Facilities

DUBAI, Nov. 21, 2019 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) today successfully concluded its activities for the 2019 Dubai Airshow.  During the Airshow, the company announced commitments for up to 37 Dash 8-400 aircraft, the world’s most advanced and most productive turboprop, and also announced three agreements relating to its aftermarket services. De Havilland Canada also showcased a Dash 8-400 aircraft operated by Jambojet, a brand of Kenya Airways, and Kenya’s first low-cost airline.

“We are especially pleased with our performance at this year’s Dubai Airshow since it is our first Airshow in the region since the relaunch of De Havilland Canada in June this year,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “Our teams have shown that they are working with our customers to secure the aircraft orders that will mutually drive our businesses forward. We have also demonstrated our commitment to enhance our aftermarket services network to ensure that our customers are benefitting from the highest level of support to maximize the efficiency of their fleets.”

The announced commitments to purchase aircraft included a firm order for three Dash 8-400 aircraft from Nigeria-based Elin Group Limited (“Elin”); a conditional order from ACIA Aero Capital Limited (“ACIA”) for three Dash 8-400 aircraft; a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase 20 Dash 8-400 aircraft signed by Palma Holding Limited (“Palma”); an LOI for up to six Dash 8-400 aircraft signed by the Republic of Ghana; and a third LOI to purchase five Dash 8-400 aircraft signed by Aurora, a Russian regional airline.

De Havilland Canada also announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Palma Capital Limited (“Palma”) and Export Development Canada (EDC) that outlines mutual cooperation between the three parties regarding potential Dash 8-400 aircraft transactions such as aircraft procurement and leasing opportunities and sale-leaseback opportunities for the Middle East and Africa.

The company reaffirmed its commitment to operators in the region with the addition of two Authorized Service Facilities to its network. Known for its specialization in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, Falcon Aviation Services (“Falcon”) is expanding its MRO portfolio to include base maintenance for the Dash 8-400 aircraft and will support operators of Dash 8-400 aircraft from its facilities in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, while Mediterranean Aviation Company Limited (“Medavia”), will offer heavy check maintenance services for all Dash 8 Series aircraft from its facilities located in Malta. Medavia and Falcon’s experience supporting the oil and gas industry and operating at remote airfields provides the first-hand knowledge that will be of great benefit to operators of Dash 8 aircraft in the region.

Falcon and De Havilland Canada also announced that the companies had signed a five-year extension to the Smart Parts program that provides component management solutions and support for Falcon’s fleet of three Dash 8-400 aircraft.  The Falcon team confirmed that De Havilland Canada’s expertise and commitment to deliver the best solutions for the management of components allows the airline to focus attention on other business priorities.

Expliseat’s ultra-light TiSeat E2 for the Dash 8-400 aircraft was also demonstrated in De Havilland Canada’s Chalet during the Airshow. Depending on the configuration, the seats reduce in-flight weight by 300 to 1,000 lbs. and offer up to 1 per cent in fuel savings, while preserving passenger comfort.

Government of Ghana Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase up to Six Dash 8-400 Aircraft from De Havilland Canada

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The Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to confirm its position as the world’s most advanced and most productive turboprop

DUBAI, Nov. 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, at the Dubai Airshow, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced that the Republic of Ghana has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase up to six Dash 8-400 aircraft. The country recently announced plans to launch a home based carrier in Accra, Ghana to serve domestic, regional and international routes.

“We are very excited to be working with De Havilland Canada to develop our fleet with a modern aircraft that will support the development of our new national airline and provide a strong foundation as we work to build a broader network and become the aviation hub of West Africa,” said Joseph Kofi Adda, Minster of Aviation, Ghana. “The Dash 8-400 aircraft provides the proven reliability and performance we are seeking and will be a great asset to our airline.  

“We are committed to offering our communities state-of-the-art air transportation, and the Dash 8-400 aircraft offers the perfect mix of passenger amenities, cargo capacity, operational economics and environmental credentials to meet our requirements. We are looking forward to finalizing a purchase agreement with De Havilland Canada in the near future and securing up to six Dash 8-400 aircraft for our fleet,” added the Minister.

“It is always a source of pride when our Dash 8-400 aircraft is selected by a new operator and we welcome this opportunity to work with the people of Ghana as they establish their home based carrier,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “The advanced Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to prove its capabilities across Africa’s diverse landscape and we are confident that its hot-and-high performance, as well as its short take-off and landing capability will meet the demands of Ghana’s warm, dry coastal areas, its hotter, more humid regions, as well as any challenging airport operations.”   

Aurora Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Five Dash 8-400 Aircraft from De Havilland Canada

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DUBAI, Nov. 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, during the Dubai Airshow, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) announced that Aurora has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase five Dash 8-400 aircraft. Aurora, a subsidiary of Aeroflot, is based in Sakhalin, Russia. The airline currently operates eight Dash 8 aircraft, including two Dash 8-400 turboprops.

“We are very excited about the expansion of our fleet to include additional Dash 8-400 aircraft,” said Konstantin Sukhorebrik, General Director, Aurora. “The aircraft’s diverse capabilities and jet-like performance will support our growing network and meet the increasing demands for charter operations. We aim to increase traffic and expand our local, regional and international footprint with the additional aircraft. In the future, we plan on ordering more Dash 8-400 aircraft as we look to streamline our fleet with a harmonized configuration.  The opportunity to increase seat capacity with the new configurations offered by De Havilland Canada allows us to tap into growth and new markets.”

“The outstanding economics and performance of the Dash 8-400 aircraft make it an exceptional addition to any fleet, and we are always pleased when an airline reorders our Dash 8-400 aircraft to expand their operations,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “We will assist Aurora as they review funding options for the five Dash 8-400 aircraft and work to finalize a firm purchase agreement.”

Palma Capital Limited, Export Development Canada and De Havilland Canada Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Dash 8-400 Aircraft Transactions

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DUBAI, Nov. 18, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, during the Dubai Airshow, Palma Capital Limited (“Palma”), Export Development Canada (EDC) and De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines mutual cooperation between the three parties regarding potential Dash 8-400 aircraft transactions such as aircraft procurement and leasing opportunities and sale-leaseback opportunities for the Middle East and Africa.

Under the MOU, the parties expect to engage directly and/or indirectly to develop funding for the purchase of new De Havilland Canada aircraft assets for onward leases to third parties.  This MOU represents the first broad-based joint approach by Palma, EDC and De Havilland Canada.

Palma Capital’s President, Moulay Omar Alaoui said: “We see this as an important milestone to work on creative opportunity development in the regional aircraft sector.  This MOU will enhance our joint efforts as we work to engage interested airlines and finalize placement of new Dash 8-400 aircraft.”

“This MOU represents a starting position for De Havilland Canada to build on previous successes in placing aircraft at airlines with support from Export Development Canada,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada.  “We expect to move forward on various opportunities with this formalized understanding from Canada’s export credit agency in conjunction with Palma Holding as an experienced lessor of Dash 8-400 aircraft in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.”

“This collaboration with Palma and De Havilland Canada reflects our commitment to helping Canadian companies seize opportunities for international growth. We’re proud to support De Havilland Canada, a company that showcases Canadian aerospace technology and talent to the world,” said Jean-Bernard Ruggieri, EDC’s Chief Representative, Middle East and Africa.