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De Havilland progress in MENA region


November 25, 2019
By Wings Staff


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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited announced a series of advancements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, following its presence at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, which ran for a week in late November at Al Maktoum International Airport.

De Havilland Canada was launched in June this year after parent company Longview Aviation purchased the Dash 8 program from Bombardier.

“We are especially pleased with our performance at this year’s Dubai Airshow since it is our first Airshow in the region since the relaunch of De Havilland Canada in June this year,” said Todd Young, COO, De Havilland Canada. “Our teams have shown that they are working with our customers to secure the aircraft orders that will mutually drive our businesses forward. We have also demonstrated our commitment to enhance our aftermarket services network to ensure that our customers are benefitting from the highest level of support to maximize the efficiency of their fleets.”

During the Dubai Airshow, De Havilland announced total commitments for up to 37 Dash 8-400 aircraft. This includes a firm order for three aircraft from Nigeria-based Elin Group; a conditional order from ACIA Aero for three 400s; a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 20 aircraft signed by Palma Holding; an LOI for up to six Dash 400s with the Republic of Ghana; and a third LOI to purchase five Dash 8-400 aircraft signed by Aurora, a Russian regional airline.

De Havilland Canada also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Palma Capital and Export Development Canada regarding procurement and leasing, as well as sales-leaseback opportunities, for the Middle East and Africa.

De Havilland also added two Authorized Service Facilities in the region to its network, including Falcon Aviation Services in Abu Dhabi and Mediterranean Aviation Company in Malta.
Falcon and De Havilland Canada also announced that the companies had signed a five-year extension to the Smart Parts program that provides component management solutions and support for Falcon’s fleet of three Dash 8-400 aircraft.