Air Tanzania, a well-known Tanzanian airline, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new DHC 8-Q400 aircraft. The aircraft was rolled off the assembly line from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, and according to the aircraft manufacturer, it is the last of its type.
DHC 8-Q400 with registration C-GPPU (MSN 4624) was carried to Goose Bay for the first time in late April 2021 and stored for another three months. According to Flightradar24 data, the Tanzanian national airline flew it to Dar es Salaam via Reykjavik Keflavik, Rotterdam, Heraklion, Luxor, and Addis Ababa July 28-30, 2021. Once re-registered in Tanzania, the aircraft will be registered as 5H-TCK.
With the addition of the new Dash 8-400 aircraft, Air Tanzania now has a total of ten aircraft. Air Tanzania presently has four Dash 8-Q400s in service, including one DHC-8-Q300, two B787-8s, and two A220-300s, with two more scheduled to arrive in October 2021. The state-owned lessor TGF – Tanzania Government Flight.
De Havilland Canada said earlier this year that it would put an end to the production of the DHC-8-Q400 type at its existing Toronto Downsview facility once it finished assembling the remaining planes in its backlog by the middle of this year. After the lease on its current facility expires this year, the company said it would continue searching for a new production site. While it stated that production would resume at a different location in the future, it did not provide any precise timelines or strategies.
Muonekano wa ndege Mpya aina ya DE HAVILLAND DASH 8-Q400. Tembelea tovuti yetu https://t.co/sH3RTTC575 kufahamu zaidi kuhusu safari zetu na pia kulipia tiketi yako kwa urahisi.#FlyAirTanzania#Kaziiendelee pic.twitter.com/2wgq3lfpOO— Air Tanzania (@AirTanzania) July 31, 2021
In 2020, De Havilland Canada delivered 11 Dash 8s. De Havilland has solid orders for twenty Dash8-Q400s. However, only 11 have been delivered customers: four to be delivered to Ethiopian Airlines, four to TAAG Angola Airlines, two to Biman Bangladesh Airlines, and one to Air Tanzania. Dash 8 provides world-class service to over 800 aircraft for over 60 airlines and customers across the world.
Longview Aviation Capital owns De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, which is also the parent company of Viking Air (VKN, Victoria Int’l). Longview acquired the Q400 program, as well as the name, from Bombardier in 2019. De Havilland Canada was formerly a state-owned company sold to Boeing in 1986 and then to Bombardier in 1992. The Dash 8 was subsequently expanded with the launch of the Q400, which proved to be quite popular on city airport routes because of its low noise footprint on arrival and departure.
The Dash 8-400
Bombardier designed the Q400 Dash 8 airliner to address the needs of regional airlines for larger aircraft on short-haul routes with high density. In 1995, the Q400 series was introduced as an extended version of the Q300 series.
This aircraft gives you the best of both worlds: you can fly slowly to save fuel or faster to increase productivity. It has the same trip cost as rival 76-seat turboprops but can accommodate up to 90 passengers, increasing 14 more seats. The flight costs half as much as a larger jet plane. The Dash 8-400 adds nearly $8 million in value per aircraft thanks to additional passengers, more trips per day, and longer maintenance intervals.
SAS Commuter, Augsburg Airways of Germany, Horizon Air of the United States, Tyrolean Airways of Austria, Qantas Airways, Horizon Air, Flybe, Colgan Air / Pinnacle, Porter Airlines, and All Nippon Airways of Japan are among the major operators of Dash 8-400.