By: Air Traveller PH Staff
Canadian aircraft manufacturer De Havilland is confident about prospects of its DHC-8 Dash-8 turboprop aircraft amid pulling out from the Singapore Air Show days prior, leaving the limelight to its rival, ATR. De Havilland was supposed to display a PAL Express Dash-8 before delivering it to the airline.
De Havilland Canada acquired the turboprop program from Bombardier just last year.
In a report from FlightGlobal, a former Bombardier executive says one way that the Dash-8 can differentiate itself from its ATR rivals is greater capacity. “It can carry more passengers and has that additional range and flexibility of speed when you need to supplement jets – a crucial factor in this region where seat-mile cost is so important," he said.
The executive also said “You have that combination of short-field capability and ruggedness, and also the fact that it can be configured as a combi version, with 50 seats and just under 3t of cargo,” seeing the natural resource sector as a major market for the type in Asia.
The Canadian airfamer also intended to demonstrate the TiSeat E2, an ultra-light seat developed by French manufacturer Expliseat which it says helps airlines accommodate up to to 90 seats. The densest Dash 8 configuration currently in service is 86 seats.