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Jun 03, 2019, 06:00 ET


Iconic aviation brand becomes trade name for global Dash-8 / Q400 aircraft business

TORONTO, June 3, 2019 /CNW/ - Longview Aviation Capital Corp., manager of a portfolio of long-term investments in the Canadian aerospace industry, today launched De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited ­– the trade name of the subsidiary company that will operate the worldwide Dash 8 aircraft business. The launch comes with the formal completion of the transaction through which Longview acquired the entire Dash 8 program including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Q400 program from Bombardier Inc. The Dash 8 joins Longview's comprehensive portfolio of aircraft programs, including the Twin Otter program and the DHC-1 through DHC-7 series, as well as the former Canadair CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415 waterbomber aircraft.

Commented David Curtis, Chairman, Longview Aviation Capital:

"We are thrilled to assume responsibility for this exceptional aircraft program, and welcome the more than 1200 professionals that are joining De Havilland Aircraft of Canada from Bombardier. We aim to enhance the tradition of excellence around this aircraft by ensuring we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our customers, with a focus on the cost competitiveness of these aircraft across the lifespan, from production to parts and in-service support. In the months ahead we will be investing in the business with the aim of positioning us to better serve our customers."

"We are particularly proud to introduce De Havilland Aircraft of Canada as an operating company and return the De Havilland Canada brand to prominence in the global aerospace industry. The iconic De Havilland name dates back almost one hundred years, and is responsible for some of the most renowned aircraft in aviation history. The combination of the Dash 8 with the existing Longview Aviation Capital portfolio unites the entire De Havilland product line under the same banner for the first time in decades. With a new corporate identity that draws on the rich brand heritage, we are excited about the opportunities we see ahead for this company, and for the Dash 8 aircraft."

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited will continue to produce, service and support Dash 8 and Q400 aircraft from the Downsview site in Toronto under land lease agreements which extend until 2023. Todd Young, a 30-year veteran of Bombardier who most recently was responsible for the Q-Series program, will lead the business as Chief Operating Officer. Nearly all of the previous Downsview workforce, and all existing union agreements, have transitioned to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, ensuring operational continuity and a seamless transition for customers.

"We are excited to begin the next chapter for this aircraft program and to share the De Havilland Aircraft of Canada brand with the world," said Mr. Young. "Our team at Downsview is engaged and motivated, and we look forward to working with our customers, suppliers and industry partners to maintain the Dash 8 turboprop's position as one of the world's most important commercial aircraft."

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has obtained all regulatory approvals from Transport Canada and relevant competition authorities.

Note to editors: high resolution logo and brand files for De Havilland Aircraft of Canada are available at: www.DeHavilland.com.

About Longview Aviation Capital Corp.

Longview Aviation Capital Corp. (LAC) was established in 2016 to manage a portfolio of long-term investments in the Canadian aerospace industry. In addition to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd., at present LAC includes and/or is associated with the assets of Viking Air Ltd., Pacific Sky Aviation Ltd, Longview Aviation Asset Management Inc. and Longview Aviation Services. Longview holds the Type Certificates and entire product line of the original De Havilland aircraft company including the Twin Otter program and the DHC-1 through DHC-7 series, as well as the former Canadair CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415 waterbomber aircraft. Through Pacific Sky, Longview also operates the world's only certified Category "D" Full-Flight Simulator for the Series 400 Twin Otter, complete with seaplane simulation capabilities. Longview has a workforce of approximately 1,800 full-time employees in manufacturing and aircraft service support in locations across Canada, including Victoria, Calgary and Toronto. 

SOURCE Longview Aviation Capital Corp.

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I have heard they're looking at final assembly in the Edmonton area after Downsview gets slumified.

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I always thought it was a little d in de Havilland.

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5 hours ago, JL said:

I always thought it was a little d in de Havilland.

Technically that is correct and the company was named after its founder ‘Geoffrey de Havilland’ but I suppose it hasn’t always been displayed like that in its lifetime.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland

 

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7 hours ago, vanishing point said:

I’m sure Viking will display the company name correctly.

i hope they use this company logo as well.

 

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Viking is even embroidering the logo into the seats on the DHC2T. No dirty oil drums in this cabin. 

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Updated Q200 would be a good aircraft.  Not sure the demand is there though.

I think Viking obtained the 100-200-300 when they made their deal any way.  It would be them that would restart production.

 

 

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I stand corrected the Dash line still belongs to de Havilland

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6 hours ago, boestar said:

Updated Q200 would be a good aircraft. 

The difference between trip costs of a -200 and a -300 is about 10% higher whereas the capacity is 50% higher so go for the bigger one every time.

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As boestar said, demand has to be there.  I’m sure Viking would consider building new Dash 8’s if orders were made.

I doubt they follow the “if we build it, they will come” philosophy of manufacture.

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I do not think they own the TC for the Dash 8 Series.  At least their site doesn't mention it.

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The problem with Dash 8s is you can't kill them. (It's very hard to anyway)

And the old ones are still not obsolete. Why build new ones? Just update the old ones and get 40,000 more cycles out of them.

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Only the -311 series of Dash 8 is eligible for the extended life program.  The -301 main landing gear isn’t produced anymore.  That’s why the Jazz 301’s are time-expiring.

This may have been posted before but here’s what happens to a Dash 8-301.  This was the first one I flew in ‘95.

https://youtu.be/0e1go14CD2I

 

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13 hours ago, Tango Foxtrot said:

The problem with Dash 8s is you can't kill them. (It's very hard to anyway)

And the old ones are still not obsolete. Why build new ones? Just update the old ones and get 40,000 more cycles out of them.

There's more to it than that.  Bombardier can build a new one faster than the ESP takes to be done.

 

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