Air Tanzania orders DHC Dash 8-400
- 19 October 2019 -
De Havilland Canada has received an order from the United Republic of Tanzania for one Dash 8-400 aircraft (formerly Bombardier Q400).
The aircraft will be leased to and operated by Air Tanzania. It will join three aircraft of the type that are already in service and another previously ordered one, to increase the airline’s fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft to five. Air Tanzania is growing at a steady pace, is opening new routes and offering more frequencies, so it needs more aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered in a 78-seat, dual-lavatory configuration.
The order is the first firm order since De Havilland Canada’s relaunch in June 2019. The company, officially named 'De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited', was resurrected because of the takeover of the Q400 programme from Bombardier by Longview Aviation Capital. Since then, the aircraft wears its old designation: Dash 8-400. De Havilland Canada's portfolio includes sales and production of the Dash 8-400, as well as worldwide support for operational Dash 8-100/200/300/400 aircraft. Longview Aviation Capital is also owner of Viking Air, which restarted production of the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter.
The Dash 8-400/Q400 has 65 owners and operators worldwide, including fifteen new operators who joined in the last five years. (Image: De Havilland Canada)