De Havilland to pause production this year after backlog built

From Leeham New – link to source story

By Scott Hamilton

Jan. 12, 2021, © Leeham News: De Havilland Canada will pause production later this year when the current Dash 8-400 backlog is assembled.

According to data reviewed by LNA, there are 17 Dash 8s scheduled for delivery to customers this year. There are two more that don’t have identified customers. It is unclear if these will be built.

DHC notified suppliers to stop sending parts and components to avoid building whitetails.

De Havilland assembled the Dash 8s at the Toronto plant previously owned by Bombardier. The lease on the facility expires in 2023. There is no decision whether to move the final assembly line to Western Canada, where DHC is headquartered.

Uncertain future

With only 17-19 orders for the Dash 8-400, the future is uncertain. There are 325 Dash 8s in storage: 186 -400s, 51 -300s, 25 -200s and 63 -100s. Only the -400s are in production. DHC’s focus right now is to help airlines return the Dash 8 to service, says Philippe Poutissou, vice president of sales and marketing.

With a large inventory of used aircraft and airlines awaiting recovery from the pandemic, there are few new sales opportunities.

DHC offers a firefighting version. Conair, which has two -400s scheduled for delivery this year, is one such customer. A maritime patrol version also is offered.

Rival ATR has a backlog of 46 ATR-42s, the competitor to the out-of-production Dash 8-300. The backlog for the ATR-72-600, the rival to the Dash 8-400, is 175. There are 286 ATR-72-500s/600s and 68 ATR-42-500s/600s in storage.

Wing lift strut fatigue caused fatal float-plane crash near Little Grand Rapids: TSB

From Global News – link to source story

By Elisha Dacey  Global News | Posted January 6, 2021

A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter float plane, the type that crashed near Little Grand Rapids in 2019.
A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter float plane, the type that crashed near Little Grand Rapids in 2019.

A fracture in a float-plane’s wing lift strut led to a crash that killed three people near Little Grand Rapids in October of last year.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released the details of its investigation Wednesday.

The TSB “found that a fatigue fracture in the right-hand wing lift strut assembly led to the 2019 in-flight breakup of a floatplane near Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba.”

The incident occurred on Oct. 26, 2019, when a float-plane operated by Blue Water Aviation left the small airport in Bisset on a flight to Little Grand Rapids.

The plane was carrying the pilot, two passengers and about 362 kilograms of freight.

“While on approach to land on Family Lake, the aircraft’s right-hand wing separated from the fuselage. The aircraft then entered a nose-down attitude and struck the water surface.

The TSB found that a “fatigue fracture” developed in one of the two upper right-hand wing lift strut attachment fittings, leading to the other fitting failing due to being overstressed.

When the plane made a left turn before its final approach, the right wing strut came apart from the plane wing, said the TSB.

“Following the occurrence, Viking Air Ltd. issued an Alert Service Bulletin calling for operators to perform more detailed testing on DHC-3 wing lift strut attachment fittings and lug plates.”

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De Havilland Canada Providing Support to Aero HygenX in the Development and Marketing of an Autonomous Robot to Disinfect Dash 8 Aircraft Cabins Using UVC Light

  • Designed and manufactured by Aero HygenX, the robot RAY will provide Dash 8 aircraft operators with a consistent, sustainable and chemical-free method to disinfect cabin air and surfaces between flights
  • Images relating to this release are available at https://dehavilland.com/en/media

OTTAWA and TORONTO, ON, Nov. 26, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) is providing support to Aero HygenX Inc. in the development and marketing of a new version of the autonomous robot, RAY that will be optimized for use on Dash 8 Series aircraft. Designed and manufactured by Aero HygenX in Canada, RAY delivers high-frequency ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to disinfect aircraft cabins between flights. This germicidal wavelength of light destroys up to 99.99% of pathogens — including the COVID-19 virus. The use of RAY would also reduce the need for frequent chemical-based disinfection that could potentially impact aircraft interior surfaces and sensitive equipment, and also leave residues that may come into contact with passengers and crew.

Scaled Illustration of RAY* in Dash 8-400 Aircraft Cabin *Designed and manufactured by Aero HygenX, RAY is an autonomous robot that delivers high-frequency UVC light to disinfect aircraft cabins between flights. (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

“The cabin environmental control systems on our Dash 8 Series aircraft are highly effective in providing safe air quality for passengers during flight, and RAY will be a consistent, sustainable and chemical-free means of disinfecting the cabin air and surfaces between flights,” said Robert Mobilio, Vice President, Engineering and Quality, De Havilland Canada. “Working closely with our engineers and operators of Dash 8 aircraft, Aero HygenX is quickly optimizing RAY’s design to meet the specific size and operational requirements of all models of Dash 8 aircraft. We look forward to offering RAY to operators of Dash 8 aircraft soon.”

“We’re excited with the level of support we are receiving from an industry leader like De Havilland Canada,” said Arash Mahin, Chief Executive Officer, Aero HygenX. “Operators of Dash 8 Series aircraft will be able to use RAY during their pre-flight disinfection procedures to manage COVID-19 risks and help re-build passenger confidence. We believe RAY will strengthen our invaluable aviation industry and mitigate the impacts of future disease outbreaks.”

When optimized for use on Dash 8 Series aircraft, RAY will have a compact body while still delivering the required UVC dosage and 360° coverage throughout the cabin. RAY’s compact profile will also facilitate its use inside lavatories and crew areas. The disinfection procedure within Dash 8 Series aircraft between flights would be completed in under five minutes. Data analysis and reporting will be available via the cloud-based HygenXStream.

More than 155 airlines, leasing companies and other organizations have ordered almost 1,300 Dash 8 aircraft. This worldwide fleet supports diverse airline operating models as low cost carriers, network connectors and point-to-point regional aircraft. The aircraft are also deployed in hybrid passenger-cargo operations and all-cargo operations, and many provide an ideal platform for special mission operations  including fire-fighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation and coastal surveillance.

About Aero HygenX
Aero HygenX is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, where it has developed and manufactures its revolutionary autonomous UVC robot called RAY. Its founders and executives have a passion for the aviation industry and a combined 80+ years of experience in safety and quality management, airline operations, software, electrical engineering and electromagnetics. The company’s vision is to instill confidence in passengers to travel again and set a new precedent in the transportation disinfecting industry. www.aerohygenx.com

De Havilland Canada Delivers Dash 8-400 Aircraft to Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Dash 8-400 aircraft continue to increase the overall network efficiency of the national airline’s fleet

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) has delivered the first of three new Dash 8-400 aircraft ordered by Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd. (“Biman”) and the aircraft is enroute to Bangladesh. The aircraft were ordered under a purchase agreement that was signed between Biman and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (“CCC”) in 2018 and will join two Dash 8-400 aircraft that were introduced to Biman’s fleet in 2015 and 2018.

Image of Dash 8-400 aircraft in the livery of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

“Our Dash 8-400 aircraft’s excellent economics and passenger environment have allowed us to offer high-frequency services within Bangladesh and neighboring countries over the last five years and we look forward to the increased operational flexibility that our new aircraft will provide for our fleet,” said Md Mokabbir Hossain, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Biman. “The combination of our Dash 8-400 turboprops and our narrow body jets improves our overall network efficiency, connectivity and, ultimately, our system profitability. Furthermore, during the ongoing pandemic, we have found that the role of our Dash 8-400 aircraft is even more important as we see gradual traffic recovery after the lockdown.

“In today’s environment, we also appreciate the Dash 8-400 aircraft’s excellent cabin air system which includes HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration to keep our passengers and crew safe,” added Mr. Hossain.

“The Dash 8-400 aircraft’s turboprop economics and jet-like performance have proven to be an ideal match for Biman’s network of short, domestic routes and longer, international routes,” said Rob Baseggio, Regional Vice President, Sales, De Havilland Canada. “In addition, the Dash 8-400 aircraft’s greater passenger and cargo capacity set it apart from the competition and provide Biman with the opportunity to optimize its network operations.”

“Canada’s strong bilateral ties with Bangladesh through trade and investment, developmental cooperation, and people-to-people links are focused on improving the lives of Bangladeshi people. CCC is therefore exceedingly proud that the successful delivery of the first new Dash 8-400 aircraft to Biman Bangladesh Airlines will provide increased access to domestic and international destinations and support economic growth in the country,” said Ernie Briard, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, CCC.

Worldwide, more than 155 airlines, leasing companies and other organizations have ordered almost 1,300 Dash 8 Series aircraft. The fleet of Dash 8 Series aircraft across the globe supports diverse airline operating models as low cost carriers, network connectors and point-to-point regional aircraft. They are also deployed in hybrid passenger-cargo operations and all-cargo operations, and many provide an ideal platform for special mission operations  including fire-fighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation and coastal surveillance.

De Havilland Canada continues to focus on delivering exceptional support to operators of Dash 8 Series aircraft and is currently assisting customers who need help in updating their fleet utilization and network recovery models during the pandemic.

About Biman
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the National Flag Carrier airline of Bangladesh. Its main hub is at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and it also operates flights from two other hubs at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet. The airline provides international passenger and cargo services to Asia and Europe, as well as all domestic routes inside Bangladesh. Biman currently flies to 19 international and seven domestic routes.

About the Canadian Commercial Corporation
CCC is Canada’s government-to-government contracting organization. CCC supports the growth of international trade by helping Canadian exporters gain access to foreign government procurement opportunities. Through a unique government-to-government contracting approach, CCC positions qualified Canadian exporters to win international contracts with governments abroad. Through commercial advocacy, collaborative project development and international contracting expertise CCC helps Canadian exporters and foreign government buyers reduce procurement risk in key markets, including, information & communication technologies, cleantech, infrastructure, aerospace, and defence & public safety. www.ccc.ca

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
With its acquisition of the Dash 8 aircraft program, Longview Aviation Capital has proudly relaunched De Havilland Canada, one of Canada’s most iconic brands. De Havilland Canada’s portfolio includes support to the worldwide fleet of Dash 8-100/200/300/400 aircraft, as well as production and sales of the Dash 8-400 aircraft. With its low carbon footprint and operating costs, industry-leading passenger experience and jet-like performance, the Dash 8-400 aircraft, which seats up to 90 passengers, is the environmentally responsible choice for operators seeking optimal performance on regional routes. https://dehavilland.com

Brand new Dash 8-400 aircraft to be added to Biman fleet Nov 24

From The Daily Star – link to source story

A brand new Dash 8-400 aircraft is going to be added to the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on November 24. Photo courtesy: Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Star Online Report ~ November 22, 2020

A brand new Dash 8-400 aircraft is going to be added to the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on November 24.

The aircraft is the first of three aircrafts purchased on GTG basis between the governments of Bangladesh and Canada.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has named the aircraft “Dhrubatara”, says a press release of Biman.

The number of aircrafts in the Biman fleet will be 19 with the inclusion of the new one on November 24.

With the addition of the Dash 8 aircraft to the fleet, Biman plans to increase its flight frequency on domestic and short-haul international routes.

The new Dash 8-400 is a 74-seater aircraft built by De Havilland, a well-known Canadian aircraft manufacturer.

Equipped with eco-friendly and state-of-the-art facilities, the aircraft has HEPA filter technology that purifies the air inside the aircraft by destroying bacteria, viruses and other germs, the release read.

The aircraft will also have more legs pace, LED lighting and wide windows, it added.

De Havilland Canada Delivers Two Dash 8-400 Aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines

  • The deliveries include the airline’s milestone 30th Dash 8-400 aircraft
  • The Ethiopian flag carrier and its strategic airline partners continue to showcase the outstanding operational performance of the Dash 8 aircraft across Africa

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announces the delivery of another two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines (“Ethiopian”), including the airline’s milestone 30th Dash 8-400 aircraft. The 30th aircraft – MSN 4617 – is preparing to depart for Ethiopian’s hub in Addis Ababa, along with aircraft MSN 4615. Ethiopian first welcomed the Dash 8-400 aircraft into its fleet in March 2010.

Ethiopian Airlines Dash 8-400 Aircraft (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

“This milestone 30th delivery highlights our confidence in the Dash 8-400 aircraft and is a testament to the joint success in supporting our network and strategic partnerships with several carriers across Africa,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines. “The Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to provide the operational flexibility, exceptional performance capability, capacity and passenger comfort we need. Most importantly, the Dash 8-400 aircraft supports the cost leadership strategy we rely on in our market  particularly in these unprecedented times during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We congratulate Ethiopian Airlines on continuing a phenomenal growth trajectory and increasing connectivity within Africa,” said Sameer Adam, Regional Vice President, Sales – Europe and Russia, Middle East, Africa, and South America/Caribbean. “Ethiopian has taken tremendous positive steps to strengthen their capabilities with the acquisition of the first Dash 8-400 simulator for Africa and by recently adding a second simulator; achieving recognition as an Authorized Service Facility; and proving the value of a business class configuration on regional aircraft in Africa. We certainly look forward to more examples of Ethiopian’s continuing leadership and the success of their ongoing strategic partnerships with ASKY Airlines, Malawi Airlines, Ethiopian Moçambique Airlines and Tchadia Airlines in the operation of Dash 8-400 aircraft across Africa.”

The fleet of over 155 Dash 8 Series aircraft in Africa includes more than 90 Dash 8-400 aircraft. Worldwide, more than 155 airlines, leasing companies and other organizations have ordered almost 1,300 Dash 8 aircraft.

The fleet of Dash 8 Series aircraft across the globe supports diverse airline operating models as low cost carriers, network connectors and point-to-point regional aircraft. They are also deployed in hybrid passenger-cargo operations and all-cargo operations, and many provide an ideal platform for special mission operations  including fire-fighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation and coastal surveillance.

De Havilland Canada continues to focus on delivering exceptional support to operators of Dash 8 aircraft and is currently assisting customers who need help in updating their fleet utilization and network recovery models during the pandemic.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
With its acquisition of the Dash 8 aircraft program, Longview Aviation Capital has proudly relaunched De Havilland Canada, one of Canada’s most iconic brands. De Havilland Canada’s portfolio includes support to the worldwide fleet of Dash 8-100/200/300/400 aircraft, as well as production and sales of the Dash 8-400 aircraft. With its low carbon footprint and operating costs, industry-leading passenger experience and jet-like performance, the Dash 8-400 aircraft, which seats up to 90 passengers, is the environmentally responsible choice for operators seeking optimal performance on regional routes.  https://dehavilland.com

De Havilland, De Havilland Component Solutions, Dash 8, Dash 8-100/200/300 and Dash 8-400 are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited. 

All Nippon Airways Signs 5-year De Havilland Component Solutions Agreement

  • Agreement will support management of airline’s component MRO activities and provide access to De Havilland Canada’s Spares Exchange Services for ANA’s fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft

TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that it has signed a five-year De Havilland Component Solutions (“DCS”) agreement with All Nippon Airways (“ANA”) to support the operation of ANA’s fleet of 24 Dash 8-400 aircraft. Under the agreement, De Havilland Canada will manage component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the fleet of aircraft. The DCS program will also provide access to a strategically located exchange pool, and an on-site inventory based at the airline’s hub in Tokyo, Japan.

“We welcome the support that De Havilland Canada will be providing through the DCS program and we look forward to continuing our long-term relationship to enhance our Dash 8-400 aircraft operations,” said Kenshi Hamada, Vice President & General Manager, Materials Management, ANA. “We anticipate that the program will help us manage the life cycle costs of our fleet and enhance the in-service performance of our Dash 8-400 aircraft to the benefit of our passengers.”

“We are delighted to welcome All Nippon Airways, a long-time operator of Dash 8 Series aircraft to the De Havilland Component Solutions program,” said Amod Kelkar, Vice President, Customer Services and Support, De Havilland Canada. “Our Component Solutions program is highly adaptable to meet our customers’ varied business models and we are confident that ANA, who have received our Airline Reliability Awards on 12 occasions since the Awards were introduced in 2007, will be able to further enhance their operations and benefit from the cost predictability and superior parts availability that the DCS program provides.

“Our customers continue to report that the cost-per-flight-hour contracts and reduced, up-front capital expenses available under the DCS program, along with the support of our technical teams, expertise in warranty administration, planning and supplier management are all helping their operations and allowing them to focus on other key business activities,” added Mr. Kelkar.

De Havilland Canada Chooses IFS to Integrate its Value Chain

  • IFS ERP solution in the cloud to replace 300+ existing systems with a central platform covering the entire operation — from manufacturing to aftermarket support
  • Significant investment by De Havilland Canada will deliver more value to Dash 8 Operators around the world

TORONTO and CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is rationalizing its application landscape and replacing 300+ legacy business applications with an extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform from IFS.

IFS Applications™ will be deployed in the cloud at De Havilland Canada’s facilities in Toronto and will support operational processes including sales and order management, manufacturing, materials management, procurement and finance, and aftermarket support.

IFS Logo (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

“We chose IFS because of its impressive qualifications in the global aerospace and defense sector as well as the comprehensive nature of its technology,” said Anca Preda, Vice President, Information Technology, De Havilland Canada. “By unifying our entire operations on the IFS stack we will get full control and transparency across mission-critical processes including sales, project manufacturing, materials management, procurement, finance, all the way through to aftermarket service. All using out-of-the-box, fully integrated functionality. This is a significant investment by De Havilland Canada that will help us increase efficiency and effectiveness while offering even more value to our customers.”

“Concluding an extensive bid process, IFS was selected among other reputable ERP solutions,” said Scott Helmer, President, IFS Aerospace and Defense (A&D). “De Havilland is a beacon in the aerospace sector and we are thrilled to be joining their journey of transformation and development. Our product offering has been tried and tested over decades by some of the largest and most demanding organizations in the A&D sector, making us the ideal partner for any business looking to optimize its make-to-order or make-to-stock operations and seamlessly integrate it with project management, finance, CRM, supply chain, service and beyond.”

The solution will be implemented by IFS partner Tsunami Tsolutions.

Transport Canada Extends Approvals for De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Simplified Package Freighters

Dash 8 SPF conversions will continue to support airlift of freight in response to COVID-19

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2020 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that Transport Canada has confirmed the extension of approvals that permit the conversion of Dash 8 Series aircraft into Simplified Package Freighters (SPF) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The approvals which now extend to July 31, 2021, will allow for continued flexibility in the transportation of goods in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is an ongoing, fundamental need for the transport of humanitarian aid and cargo; air cargo services therefore continue to be vital for the economy, financial stability of aircraft operators, and for fighting COVID-19,” said Amod Kelkar, Vice President, Customer Services and Support, De Havilland Canada. “We are therefore delighted that Transport Canada has confirmed an extension to the approvals for our Dash 8 Series Simplified Package Freighters.

“Our teams have issued the revised Aircraft Flight Manual supplements to customers who bought this solution and we are working to convert the SPF modifications to permanent Service Bulletins based on the need and the regulatory allowances. Our goal is to stay in close contact with our customers to ensure that their requirements are met during this challenging time and we will provide more updates as we progress further,” added Mr. Kelkar.

De Havilland Canada’s Service Bulletins allow Dash 8-100/200, Dash 8-300 and Dash 8-400 aircraft to be quickly converted into Simplified Package Freighters by the removal of seats and seat track covers in the passenger cabins. The converted Dash 8-100/200, Dash 8-300 and Dash 8-400 aircraft provide total potential cargo capacities of up to 6,500 lb, up to 9,625 lb and up to 17,960 lb respectively.