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De Havilland Canada books first firm Dash 8-400 order

The turboprop, 78-seat aircraft will be operated by Air Tanzania.


TORONTO — De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. says Tanzania, represented by the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA), has signed a firm purchase agreement for a turboprop Dash 8-400 aircraft.

The Toronto-based aerospace company said the aircraft, which will be leased to and operated by Air Tanzania, will join three that are already in service with another on order. This brings the airline’s fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft to five. It will be delivered in a 78-seat configuration.

The Dash 8 aircraft program was acquired from Bombardier by Longview Aviation Capital, manager of a portfolio of long-term investments in the Canadian aerospace industry. De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. is a ­subsidiary that will operate the worldwide Dash 8 aircraft business.

With the Dash 8-400 aircraft being the only turboprop capable of seating up to 90 passengers, De Havilland Canada notes strong interest in the aircraft from Africa and Asia. Because the aircraft provides turboprop economics with jet-like performance, the company is also targeting more mature markets such as North America and Europe where it’s already well adapted as a regional jet replacement aircraft.

 

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