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Ethiopian Airlines to Purchase Dash 8-400 Freighter – Large Cargo Door Kits from De Havilland Canada

Our Bureau - : Jul 21, 2022 - : 4:25 am

Ethiopian Airlines has entered into a proposal for the purchase of two Dash 8-400 Freighter – Large Cargo Door (F-LCD) conversion kits from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”).

The proposal also provides an option for two more F-LCD conversion kits.

The Canadian airframe said that both parties were working to finalize a definitive and binding agreement. “Cargo has played a pivotal role in Ethiopian Airlines’ operations over the past couple of years and will remain a key growth pillar of our business over the coming years,” said Mesfin Tasew, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines Group.

“The pandemic and subsequent recovery efforts have given rise to significant opportunities in the cargo space, and we see great value in converting our older Dash 8-400 fleet to freighters to capitalize on these growing opportunities.”

Philippe Poutissou, Vice President, Customer Experience, De Havilland Canada said, “The Dash 8-400 aircraft’s industry-leading operating costs and environmental footprint, as well as its outstanding performance and large cabin volume, have facilitated our introduction of a series of freighter options — including Quick Change, Package Freighter, and LCD Freighters — to better serve the expanding cargo market.”

De Havilland Canada has also partnered with Ethiopian Airlines to offer Dash 8 freighter conversions through its experienced MRO, which is already a De Haviland Canada Authorized Service Facility.

The conversion capability will support Ethiopian’s fleet needs and can be offered to other Dash 8 aircraft operators in Africa and neighboring regions as an additional choice for the conversions.

The worldwide Dash 8-400 fleet comprises more than 70 owners and operators and these aircraft have transported more than 570 million passengers and logged over 11 million flight hours.


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