SHAH ALAM: De Havilland Dash-8s still rolling out of production line. Despite claims to the contrary De Havilland Dash-8 turbo-prop airliner is still rolling out of the production line. And its performance for last year were better than its closest competitor. Leonardo’s 2020 financial results released on March 10 reported that ATR delivered 10 ATR’s in 2020 while De Havilland reported on February 17, 2021 that it delivered 11 Dash-8 400’s to customers in 2020.
According to David Curtis, Executive Chairman of Longview AviationCapital, De Havilland Canada’s parent company: “The quality of the aircraft is demonstrated by the fact that we have significantly outperformed our competitors since the onset of the
pandemic, delivering 11 aircraft to customers in 2020”.
The quality of the Dash 8 including its more powerful engines and superior speed over the ATR appear to be the reason that most countries choose the Dash 8 over the ATR for special mission aircraft applications. In an earlier article that I wrote about the recently announced MOU De Havilland Canada and PAL Aerospace.
Given the latest developments, it appears that the announcement of the MOU was needed as recent false reports suggested that the production of the Dash-8s may well have ended. Competition in the aerospace industry is such that some have
sought to misrepresent De Havilland’s move out of its current manufacturing facility as the termination of new aircraft production.
In fact on February 17 De Havilland reiterated its its long-term commitment to the Dash-8 including a series of long-term investments in upgrades and modifications. When De Havilland purchased the Dash-8 400 from the previous owner, Bombardier, the purchase did not include Bombardier’s production facility at Downsview, Toronto. De Havilland are currently
in the process of transitioning the Dash 8-400 to a new production facility, a move that was planned and managed occurrence.
Added Curtis: “The transition from Downsview is a step in the planned evolution of the Dash 8 platform away from its former owner and is important part of our vision for Longview Aviation Capital as a leading global aviation company. While this evolution is taking place against the backdrop of unprecedented industry circumstances, we see
a bright future for De Havilland Canada and the Dash 8 is a segment defining aircraft, and it has never been in better hands – strengthened by being part of a robust aviation portfolio with patient long-term ownership”.
As posted earlier, PAL Aerospace and De Havilland recently signed an MOU to develop a MPA that it is offering to meet the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) maritime surveillance requirements. In a future article, I will report on PAL Aerospace’s long-term
experience in the MPA market and Malaysia including the company’s involvement in the MMEA’s CL415 special mission aircraft.
— Malaysian Defence