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De Havilland Canada Launches Dash 8-400 Cargo Conversions

Our Bureau - : Jul 20, 2022 - : 6:59 am

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) has launched three cargo conversion solutions for the Dash 8- 400 regional transport aircraft. The airframer is offering a Quick Change (QC), Package Freighter (PF) and Freighter with Large Cargo Door (F-LCD) configurations to address a wide variety of operational business models.

“As the cargo market continues to grow, our cargo conversion solutions will easily enhance the overall value and extend the already high revenue-generating capabilities of the Dash 8-400 aircraft,” said Jean-Philippe Côté, Vice President Programs, De Havilland Canada. ‘We are ready to provide a wide range of OEM support as desired by our operators – from kit installation to on-site support through our global support infrastructure,’ he added.

The Dash 8-400 aircraft offers outstanding hot-and-high performance, a range up to 1,640 nm and long structural life, making it well suited for cargo operations.

De Havilland Canada is offering the Dash 8-400 Quick Change (Dash 8-400 QC) as a revenue expansion model that offers flexibility to convert the Dash 8-400 aircraft between all-passenger and all-cargo configurations. Operators can combine two distinctive income streams into one, significantly expanding their revenue base.

The airframer is installing a new smoke detection system in the cabin to convert it into a Class E compartment, thereny ensuring that no attendants are required in the cabin for cargo flights.

The Dash 8-400 Package Freighter (Dash 8-400 PF) is being offered to meet customer requirements for bulk loading of various sizes of cargo, such as ecommerce packages. It has nine distinct loading zones with eight radial spider nets providing tie-down and restraint functions. The primary cargo access door is in the same position as the aft LHS baggage compartment door in all Dash 8-400 aircraft, and there are four additional access doors (one at the front and one at the back on each side of the aircraft) to facilitate quick loading and unloading of cargo. De Havilland Canada is also offering an optional cargo loading system for palletized cargo on the Dash 8-400 PF.

The Dash 8-400 Freighter with Large Cargo Door (Dash 8-400 F-LCD) features a cargo loading system to provide a containerized cargo model that facilitates the transport of unit load device (ULD) pallets or containers

With the LCD measuring 109 in x 69 in (2.8 m x 1.8 m), the Dash 8-400 F-LCD is equipped to handle typical containers such as LD1, LD2, LD3 and LD4. It can carry as many as eight LD3 containers catering for interline transfer of containers from other aircraft in an operator’s network. This makes the Dash 8-400 F-LCD well suited for hub-and-spoke network carriers as well as major logistics operators.


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