Jazz Aviation to operate Dash 8-400 freighter developed by De Havilland Canada

By Rachelle Harry

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) and Jazz Aviation have announced that Jazz is to be the first operator of the recently-approved Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter.

Under the agreement, Jazz has ordered the service bulletin and conversion kits for up to 13 Dash 8-400 aircraft.

Meanwhile, De Havilland Canada will be the exclusive supplier of all future Dash 8-400 aircraft Simplified Package Freighter modifications for Jazz’s fleet.

Todd Young, chief operating officer of De Havilland Canada, explained: “The reconfiguration of Dash 8-400 aircraft into Simplified Package Freighters can be quickly achieved with the removal of seats and seat track covers in the passenger cabin.

“The reconfiguration, which includes the use of up to 17 nets, will provide a potential total payload of up to 17,960 lbs and a total cargo volume of up to 1,150 cubic feet per aircraft.

“We will work with Jazz to quickly put their Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighters into service and look forward to supplying this solution to other Dash 8-400 aircraft operators around the world to assist in the redeployment of their fleets to meet the growing demand for airlift of essential supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Randolph deGooyer, president, Jazz Aviation, added: “We are delighted to be the first operator for the Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter and congratulate De Havilland Canada and Transport Canada on offering this sound solution.

“This innovative opportunity will allow us to redeploy aircraft while contributing to the collective fight against Covid-19 by supporting our customer – Air Canada – and the delivery of essential cargo.”

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