By: AirTravellerPH Staff
While it is very normal nowadays for commercial aircraft to fly halfway around the world non-stop, some aircraft are simply not built to fly such and one of them are turboprops. In fact, these turboprops only fly short distances, around 2,000 km on the average. So how are then turboprops like the De Havilland DHC-8-400 Dash-8 aircraft delivered all the way from Toronto, Canada to Manila, Philippines, which is like 13,206km away nearest distance?
The answer is simple, to make many stops in different countries. PAL Express is soon taking delivery of its 12th brand new De Havilland DHC-8-402 Dash-8 turboprop. It has already departed its birthplace, the De Havilland Aircraft Company in Toronto Canada but before arriving in Manila, the PAL Express Dash-8 will be on display at the Singapore Air Show.
Though the ferry flight will take days, the crew flying the aircraft will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of different countries, including perhaps free entrance to the Singapore Air Show. Call it an adventure of a lifetime!
Based on the flight map provided by De Havilland, the PAL Express Dash-8 will be flying to Iceland, France, Malta, Egypt, UAE, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Singapore, before making its way to Manila! Tiring? Well yes but more exciting the fact that the crew gets to visit 9 other countries.
After leaving Canada, the Dash-8 flew directly to Reykjavik, Iceland before proceeding to Paris, France, then to Gudja in Malta. One thing for sure, a PAL Express Dash-8 is rare in these places, hence, a treat for the spotters.
Also, the crew of Dash-8 will mostly fly domestic and interisland routes within the Philippines. For this ferry flight crew though, its an experience of a lifetime, flying a turboprop to different countries.
From Malta, the Dash-8 will be flying to Egypt, then to the United Arab Emirates, then to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, then Singapore in time for the world famous Singapore Air Show. We can just imagine the excitement and smiles of the flight crew namely Captain Lorena, Captain Bingo, and First Officer Sam.
We are sure that this would also be an exciting moment for the PAL Group and PAL Express to see their very own Dash-8 on static display at the Singapore Air Show 2020. So if you happen to be by the area, please do check this aircraft that has flown to nine countries in just how many days.
In fact, the Dash-8 aircraft in PAL's fleet has flown to more countries than their Airbus A350! Thanks to ferry flights!
PAL Express must be excited to receive this baby once it finally touches down in Manila after SAS2020. Moreso, the crew must be more excited to be back home after days of flying through different countries.
RP-C5917 will then be flying Filipinos and tourists to different parts of the country to showcase the beauty of the Philippines and what this country has to offer.