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Porter replacing Dash 8 door seals to address depressurisation risk

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02 August, 2019, FlightGlobal.com by Jon Hemmerdinger, Boston

Porter Airlines is replacing door seals on De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprops following a rapid cabin decompression on 17 July, the Toronto-based airline says.

The cause of that decompression differs from a cargo door handle issue that has caused inflight depressurisations of several other Dash 8-400s recently, Porter adds.

The July depressurisation involved a Porter Q400 headed from Toronto to Boston. After the cabin lost altitude, the pilots descended to 10,000ft, determined the aircraft had no structural damage and continued to Boston, where they landed safely, according to an incident report from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

An inspection determined the aircraft’s “aft baggage blowout panel was loose”, the report says.

“This situation related to an imperfection in the door seal, which caused the panel to move,” Porter tells FlightGlobal. “The system worked as intended to equalise pressure in different areas of the aircraft.”

Porter “has a proactive programme to replace door seals, although there is no required timeframe for doing so,” the airline adds. “The failure rate is extremely low.”

De Havilland says the incident’s “root cause was found to be a damaged aft cargo door seal, which would have been replaced.”

“We are supporting Porter to resolve these technical issues, recommending a pressure decay check and have suggested regular inspections of the door seals to ensure they are in good condition in order to minimise events such as these,” De Havilland adds.

Canadian aviation regulatory Transport Canada “is aware of the recent occurrence on a Porter Airlines Q400, and is working with the manufacturer to determine if an unsafe condition is present,” it tells FlightGlobal.

Porter says that Transport Canada has not issued directives related to the door seal issue.

Porter stresses the 17 July incident “is different” from a cargo door handle issue that has caused inflight depressurisations of at least three other Dash 8-400s, including two Porter and one WestJet Encore aircraft, in the last year.

Porter and WestJet have said they are making modifications to their fleets to address the cargo door handle issue.

De Havilland Canada and Ethiopian Airlines Celebrate the Delivery of the Milestone Dash 8-400 Aircraft Bearing Serial Number 4600

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TORONTO, July 29, 2019 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) and Ethiopian Airlines (“Ethiopian”) celebrated the delivery of the milestone Dash 8-400 aircraft bearing serial number 4600 on Friday, July 26.The aircraft is also the 25th Dash 8-400 aircraft delivered to Ethiopian Airlines.

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Senior executives of Ethiopian Airlines, De Havilland Canada and Longview Aviation Capital, the parent company of De Havilland Canada, joined Ethiopian’s aircraft acceptance team and hundreds of De Havilland Canada employees for the celebration held at De Havilland Canada’s facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where Dash 8-400 aircraft are manufactured. Her Excellency Nasise Challi Jira, Ethiopian Ambassador to Canada and representatives of the government of Ontario were also in attendance.

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“The Dash 8-400 aircraft gives us the performance attributes, capacity and passenger comfort that support our strategic partnerships with regional carriers in Africa and supports our continuing growth strategy in the market,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines Group. “We are honoured to be receiving the milestone aircraft bearing serial number 4600 and we are committed to supporting our fleet and others in our region through our Authorized Service Facility and our Dash 8-400 aircraft simulator.”

“The delivery of the 600th Dash 8-400 aircraft produced at our Toronto facility is a significant moment for De Havilland Canada and we are delighted that Ethiopian Airlines, our largest customer in Africa, is the recipient airline. Since this aircraft will become the 25th Dash 8-400 turboprop in Ethiopian’s fleet, we are celebrating two important milestones,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “Growing markets will continue to drive the evolution of our Dash 8-400 aircraft, as well as the suite of services we offer to support our customers. We are very proud that our teams in Toronto and at locations across the globe are well aligned in helping us meet the demand from airlines.”

Air Canada Announces Increased Capacity and Enhanced Services to Atlantic Canada

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  • Toronto-Saint John, NB, Flights to be operated by Air Canada Rouge starting this winter
  • Halifax-Calgary year-round service on Air Canada starting March 1, 2020
  • Toronto-Charlottetown Air Canada Rouge service now year-round
  • Halifax-Gander additional daily flight
  • Moncton, Fredericton-Toronto flights now operated year-round by Air Canada Rouge

MONTREAL, July 3, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced a host of enhancements to Atlantic Canada services starting this winter. Overall capacity will increase by 8% as some routes will transfer to Air Canada Rouge, and other Air Canada Rouge and mainline services will be extended to year-round.

“Leisure travellers and business customers alike will benefit from these service enhancements which clearly demonstrate our commitment to these markets as we increase capacity on numerous routes in Atlantic Canada, which we have been serving year-round since 1942, longer than any other carrier,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. “With the introduction of Air Canada Rouge service to Saint John, NB, the extension of Rouge on Charlottetown-Toronto and the expansion of Halifax-Calgary flights to year-round service, Atlantic Canada will enjoy an improved product and convenient connections throughout Air Canada’s extensive North American and global network.”

“Air Canada has been a valued partner for many years,” said Saint John Airport President and CEO Derrick Stanford. “Their decision to enhance YSJ’s current offering with bigger aircraft will mean more capacity, business-class service and faster flight times to connection banks like Toronto, something our business passengers have come to depend on. We look forward to working together to serve the Saint John community for many years to come.”

“We are very pleased with Air Canada’s announcement today of Air Canada Rouge service in Charlottetown for Winter 2019/2020. These larger Air Canada Rouge jets will offer added capacity on the Charlottetown-Toronto route and is a direct response to demand in the PEI market in the winter time”, said Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. “This will result in more travel options for Islanders and those wishing to visit or do business here. The increased capacity to and from Air Canada’s Toronto hub also means Islanders have more options to connect to Air Canada’s extensive global network.”

Beginning October 27, 2019, twice daily Saint John-Toronto flights will be operated year-round by Air Canada Rouge using an Airbus A319, replacing the Bombardier Q400s. This represents a 16% increase in available seats, while also offering an upgraded customer experience on the A319 which features Premium Rouge and Economy cabins, as well as streaming in-flight entertainment.

Air Canada operates out of four airports in New Brunswick with roughly 1,600 daily seats available for travellers. Also continuing year-round will be Air Canada Rouge service from Toronto to Moncton (three times a day) and Fredericton(twice a day), also operated by an Airbus A319, representing a 16% capacity increase through the winter season.

Charlottetown-Toronto flights operated by Air Canada Rouge in the summer will become year-round service as of December 16, 2019, with two daily flights operated with an Airbus A319. Air Canada offers nonstop flights from Charlottetown to Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

Air Canada is also adding a second daily flight between Gander, NL and Halifax during the winter season. Flights between Halifax and Gander will be operated year-round on the Bombardier Q400.

From Halifax, Air Canada mainline will operate year-round non-stop service to Calgary on an Airbus A319 beginning March 1, 2020.

Air Canada also recently inaugurated non-stop service between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia, for the summer season.

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Air Canada in the Community

The Air Canada Foundation is active in several charitable organizations throughout Atlantic Canada, helping a variety of organizations.

In New Brunswick, the Foundation assists The Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Saint-John, the Canadian Cancer Society (Saint John), the Atlantic Wellness Community Centre and Moncton Headstart.

Nova Scotia organizations includes the IWK Foundation in Halifax, the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation in Orleans and Dreams Take Flight.

In Prince Edward Island, the Foundation is involved with the heart and stroke Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of P.E.I and The kidney Foundation of Canada.

Similarly, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Foundation also assists the Big Brothers and Big Sister as well as The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Eating Disorder Foundation and the Easter Seals.

Air Canada Inaugurates service to Sydney, Nova Scotia from Montreal

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Gateway to Scenic Cape Breton Island

MONTREAL, June 28, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada yesterday inaugurated new, non-stop service between Montrealand Sydney, Nova Scotia. This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. The flight will be operated on a 78-seat Q400 turboprop aircraft. This connection will allow for travel between the two cities, or travellers can connect onward to other destinations from across Air Canada’s network through the hub in Montreal.

This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are pleased to be able to offer this service between Sydney and Montreal, further strengthening our presence in Atlantic Canada and offering an additional travel option to and from beautiful Nova Scotia. Running through the busy summer travel season and into the fall, this flight will boost leisure travel to the area, with attractions such as the nearby Cabot Trail and the beautiful scenery of Cape Breton Island. This link will also benefit the business community as we’ve optimized flight times to allow for connectivity to and from Western Canada,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

The flight also complements our existing service from Toronto.

“I am so pleased that Air Canada is relaunching this Sydney to Montreal direct flight at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. It will not only increase visits between our two cities, but Montreal is a portal to the rest of Canada and the world. At the moment, this is a seasonal offering, but opportunities like this enable us to showcase and enhance the potential of our market,” said Cecil P. Clarke, Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

“It is good news to have a direct flight between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia. This will facilitate trade and tourism between our two cities, and we are delighted,” said Robert Beaudry, Montreal Executive Committee member responsible for economic development, housing and design.

“This new direct flight between Sydney and Montreal will help increase tourism and stimulate business connectivity between Cape Breton and the rest of Canada and the world; all via the expansive Air Canada connection network available over Montreal. Increasing air access is a priority for us and this new direct service will provide both business and leisure travellers with even more flying options and more reasons to come to Cape Breton. We are extremely pleased that Air Canada have demonstrated their confidence in Cape Breton tourism and shown support to the local business community,” said Mike MacKinnon, CEO of J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. 

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC7998Montreal 13:20Sydney 16:20Daily
AC7997Sydney 6:00Montreal 7:05Daily

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Montreal hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

De Havilland Canada Announces Expliseat’s Ultra-light Seats as an Optional Feature for the Dash 8-400 Aircraft

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De Havilland Canada to be exclusive supplier for Expliseat’s seating solutions for in-production Dash 8-400 aircraft or as retrofits

PARIS, June 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, during the 53rd International Paris Air Show, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) announced Expliseat’s ultra-light seats as an optional feature for Dash 8-400 aircraft. De Havilland Canada will be Expliseat’s exclusive supplier for the seats and they will be available on the production line, or as a retrofit solution. Expliseat produces the world’s lightest aircraft seat, offering customers optimal transport efficiency and potential cost-saving benefits with its new, advanced technology.

The unique architecture of Expliseat’s TiSeat E2 and the use of advanced materials such as titanium and carbon fiber contribute to a low weight of only 6.5 kg per passenger. It is the lightest seat certified for installation on the Dash 8-400 aircraft.

SpiceJet Limited received the first Dash 8-400 aircraft with a TiSeat E2 installation in December of 2018. Recognizing the value of this advanced product, De Havilland Canada has chosen to make this seat an optional feature for all customers.

“Expliseat’s TiSeatE2 has been a wonderful addition to our Dash 8-400 aircraft and has been jointly developed by SpiceJet, De Havilland and Expliseat,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. “We look forward to experiencing all of the benefits of the ultra-light seat and are delighted with the response we have received from our customers.”

“Expliseat’s ultra-light seats offer between 300 and 1000 lbs weight savings depending on the configuration and up to 1% in fuel savings,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “The cost-saving and comfortable option is a great feature for our customers and we are thrilled to make this seat option available on our Dash 8-400 aircraft.”

“We are delighted to have met De Havilland Canada’s requirements and look forward to our ultra-light seats being installed on the production line, and also through retrofits,” said Benjamin Saada, Chief Executive Officer, Expliseat. “We encourage Dash 8-400 aircraft customers to take advantage of the potential for additional payload revenue at same take-off weight by selecting the TiSeat E2 offered through our exclusive supplier, De Havilland Canada.”

De Havilland Canada Discloses Order from TAAG Angola Airlines

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Angolan flag carrier to acquire six Dash 8-400 aircraft

PARIS, June 18, 2019 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that TAAG Angola Airlines E.P. has purchased six Dash 8-400 aircraft. TAAG is the state-owned, national airline of Angola. This order was announced by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft on March 29, 2019 as an order from an unidentified customer.

The disclosure of the previously unidentified customer was done during a press conference today at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, and follows the recent completion of the transition of Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q Series aircraft program from Bombardier to De Havilland Canada.

The Honorable, Ricardo Viegas D’Abreu, Minister of Transportation, Angola joined David Curtis, Chairman, Longview Aviation Capital and Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada, for a ceremonial signing event held during the press conference.

“TAAG is looking to the future of our fleet and the market opportunities where the Dash 8-400 aircraft will be an important part of our growth strategy.  The acquisition of these new aircraft is important to support a stronger domestic network and support our regional and international network,” said Rui Carreira, Chairman, TAAG Angola Airlines. “The Dash 8-400 aircraft offers unmatched performance and outstanding economics that will allow us to better serve smaller communities and increase frequencies in Angola. With a proven record of reliability and De Havilland’s comprehensive support network, we look forward to adding this great network builder to our fleet.”

“We are delighted to welcome TAAG Angola Airlines to our family of Dash 8-400 aircraft customers and look forward to also offering the airline our full suite of service solutions,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “The Dash 8-400 aircraft offers the lowest seat costs, as well as unmatched range and speed versus other turboprops. It also offers an enhanced customer experience and has proven its reliability in some of the world’s most challenging environments, so we are confident that it is ideally suited to meet and exceed TAAG’s requirements.”

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Delivers First Dash 8-400 Aircraft

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Aircraft on its way to Kazakhstan to join Qazaq Air’s fleet

PARIS, June 18, 2019 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today the delivery of its first Dash 8-400 aircraft following the completion of the transition of the Dash 8/Q Series aircraft program from Bombardier Inc. to De Havilland Canada on June 1, 2019.  The aircraft was delivered to Qazaq Air JSC (“Qazaq Air”) of Kazakhstan and will become the fifth Dash 8-400 turboprop in the airline’s fleet.

“We are delighted to be included in this important milestone and to receive De Havilland Canada’s first delivered aircraft,” said Plamen Atanassov, Chief Executive Officer, Qazaq Air. “We are very pleased with the operational performance and capabilities of our Dash 8-400 aircraft and are proud to support the transition of the Dash 8 aircraft program from Bombardier to De Havilland Canada.”

“It’s a rewarding day to see the delivery of the first Dash 8-400 turboprop under the De Havilland Canada name and we are delighted to be sharing this day with Qazaq Air,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “As we move forward in the coming months, we expect to record several “firsts” as we continue to support our customers in reaching their goals within the airline industry.”

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has obtained all regulatory approvals from Transport Canada and relevant competition authorities to support the manufacture and aftermarket support for the Dash 8/Q Series aircraft.

Longview Aviation Capital to Showcase Breadth of Aircraft Portfolio at Paris Airshow

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Significant progress announcements expected across range of aircraft programs

VICTORIA, CALGARY and TORONTO, June 13, 2019 /CNW/ – Longview Aviation Capital (“Longview”), manager of a portfolio of long-term investments in the Canadian aerospace industry, will have a robust presence at the 2019 Paris Air Show – the world’s foremost event for the aviation industry – running June 17-20 in Paris, France.

Building on the momentum of the recent launch of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited – the trade name of the subsidiary company that will operate the worldwide Dash 8 aircraft business including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production 400 program – during the show Longview will showcase its range of in-demand passenger and utility aircraft, and discuss developments from across its portfolio.

De Havilland Canada and Viking Air Ltd. will each host media events during the show, as well as issue news announcements. In particular, Longview and Viking expect to make a significant progress announcement regarding the CL-515, a newly developed, technically advanced multi-mission aerial firefighting aircraft.

Longview’s presence at the Air Show will be based at Chalet A238, hosting exhibits from both De Havilland Canada and Viking. In addition, two aircraft will be on static display:

  • All-new Guardian 400 – the special missions variant of the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter. Viking will demonstrate a simulation of the aircraft’s capabilities including the sensor package within the SCAR (Self Contained Aerial Reconnaissance) Pod. 

  • Dash 8-400 in 90-seat configuration – first delivered to launch operator SpiceJet in September 2018, the 90-seater highlights De Havilland Canada’s commitment to evolving the program to meet customer needs.

Bombardier Concludes Sale of the Q Series Aircraft Program to Longview

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June 3, 2019 Montréal Bombardier Inc.,  Press Release

Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) confirmed today the closing of the previously announced sale of the Q Series aircraft program assets to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (formerly Longview Aircraft Company of Canada Limited), an affiliate of Longview Aviation Capital Corp., for gross proceeds of approximately $300 million. Net proceeds are expected to be approximately $250 million after the assumption of certain liabilities, fees, and closing adjustments.

Longview will carry on the production of Q400 aircraft at the Downsview Facility in Toronto, and will continue performing aftermarket services for Q Series aircraft. Bombardier will provide transitional services and will license certain intellectual property to Longview to facilitate a seamless transition of the Q Series aircraft program.

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

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Iconic aviation brand becomes trade name for global Dash-8 / Q400 aircraft business

TORONTO, June 3, 2019 /CNW/ – Longview Aviation Capital Corp., manager of a portfolio of long-term investments in the Canadian aerospace industry, today launched De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited ­– the trade name of the subsidiary company that will operate the worldwide Dash 8 aircraft business. The launch comes with the formal completion of the transaction through which Longview acquired the entire Dash 8 program including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Q400 program from Bombardier Inc. The Dash 8 joins Longview’s comprehensive portfolio of aircraft programs, including the Twin Otter program and the DHC-1 through DHC-7 series, as well as the former Canadair CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415 waterbomber aircraft.

“We are thrilled to assume responsibility for this exceptional aircraft program, and welcome the more than 1200 professionals that are joining De Havilland Aircraft of Canada from Bombardier. We aim to enhance the tradition of excellence around this aircraft by ensuring we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our customers, with a focus on the cost competitiveness of these aircraft across the lifespan, from production to parts and in-service support. In the months ahead we will be investing in the business with the aim of positioning us to better serve our customers.”

“We are particularly proud to introduce De Havilland Aircraft of Canada as an operating company and return the De Havilland Canada brand to prominence in the global aerospace industry. The iconic De Havilland name dates back almost one hundred years, and is responsible for some of the most renowned aircraft in aviation history. The combination of the Dash 8 with the existing Longview Aviation Capital portfolio unites the entire De Havilland product line under the same banner for the first time in decades. With a new corporate identity that draws on the rich brand heritage, we are excited about the opportunities we see ahead for this company, and for the Dash 8 aircraft.”

David Curtis, Chairman, Longview Aviation Capital

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited will continue to produce, service and support Dash 8 and Q400 aircraft from the Downsview site in Toronto under land lease agreements which extend until 2023. Todd Young, a 30-year veteran of Bombardier who most recently was responsible for the Q-Series program, will lead the business as Chief Operating Officer. Nearly all of the previous Downsview workforce, and all existing union agreements, have transitioned to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, ensuring operational continuity and a seamless transition for customers.

“We are excited to begin the next chapter for this aircraft program and to share the De Havilland Aircraft of Canada brand with the world,” said Mr. Young. “Our team at Downsview is engaged and motivated, and we look forward to working with our customers, suppliers and industry partners to maintain the Dash 8 turboprop’s position as one of the world’s most important commercial aircraft.”

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has obtained all regulatory approvals from Transport Canada and relevant competition authorities.