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TAAG Angola Airlines orders six Dash 8-400s

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited announced today that TAAG Angola Airlines E.P. has purchased six Dash 8-400 aircraft. TAAG is the state-owned, national airline of Angola . This order was announced by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft on March 29, 2019 as an order from an unidentified customer.

The disclosure of the previously unidentified customer was done during a press conference today at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, and follows the recent completion of the transition of Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q Series aircraft program from Bombardier to De Havilland Canada.

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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada delivers first Dash 8-400 aircraft

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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited announced today the delivery of its first Dash 8-400 aircraft following the completion of the transition of the Dash 8/Q Series aircraft program from Bombardier Inc. to De Havilland Canada on June 1, 2019.

The aircraft was delivered to Qazaq Air JSC of Kazakhstan (top) and will become the fifth Dash 8-400 turboprop in the airline’s fleet.

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has obtained all regulatory approvals from Transport Canada and relevant competition authorities to support the manufacture and aftermarket support for the Dash 8/Q Series aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by de Havilland Canada): Qazaq Air Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) P4-NUR (msn 4494) ALA (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934126.

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De Havilland Canada returns to manage the worldwide Dash 8 program

One of Canada’s most iconic aircraft brands, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd., has returned to the skies.

Longview Aviation Capital is proud to reintroduce De Havilland Canada with its acquisition of the Dash 8 program—including the 100, 200 and 300 series as well as the in-production Q400 program.

Combining the Dash 8-400 aircraft with the existing Longview portfolio re-unites the entire De Havilland product line under the same banner for the first time in decades.

De Havilland first started in Canada in 1928 and with the design and production of the famous DHC-2 Beaver and the DHC-3 Otter, quickly established itself as one of the most accomplished aircraft designers and manufacturers in the country.

The 75 year-old brand is synonymous globally for expertise, excellence and reliability, and is responsible for building some of the most renowned aircraft in aviation history.

Operating independently for the first time in decades, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited will enhance the tradition of excellence surrounding the Dash 8-400 by continually evolving to meet the needs of customers around the world.

At De Havilland we are proudly rooted in a rich history of constructing Canadian aircraft. Since 1928, the brand has consistently been recognized for its versatility and dependability. That established strong foundation is what De Havilland will build on for a bright future.

In addition to maintaining the Dash 8-400’s position as one of the world’s most important commercial aircraft, existing and potential customers of De Havilland can expect a focus on continued excellence in production, operations and servicing from Longview.

Our new corporate identity draws on the rich brand heritage.
De Havilland is excited about the global opportunities ahead for the Canadian based company and for the Dash 8-400 aircraft.

Air Iceland becomes Air Iceland Connect

Flugfelag Islands-Air Iceland de Havilland Canada DHC-8-202 Dash 8 TF-JMK (msn 446) AEY (Wingnut). Image: 925729.

Air Iceland, as of May 24, 2017, has a new name: Air Iceland Connect.

The airline continued;

There are a number of reasons for the new name, including our increased activity in foreign markets, a significant increase in foreign tourists, increased co-operation with Icelandair and to simplify marketing, as the company’s dual name system has meant a significant increase in costs and has caused some passengers inconvenience and led to misunderstandings.

“We have used the name Air Iceland for years, but by adding the word Connect, we are showing our connection to Icelandic nature and destinations, connecting with our foreign destinations such as Greenland, Scotland and Northern Ireland and distinguishing ourselves slightly from Icelandair. This is a global, descriptive name, and we are convinced that it will create a strong airline brand in the international aviation market,” says Árni Gunnarsson, Managing Director of Air Iceland Connect.

“The company has been working on these changes for some time, renewing the fleet, increasing co-operation with Icelandair, receiving more and more foreign tourists and defining our market policy even better. It is the next logical step to do away with this dual naming system and introduce one descriptive and global brand,” says Árni.

The name change will, of course, take some time, and the domain www.flugfelag.is will remain active but will forward the user to the company website at www.airicelandconnect.com

In addition to a complete renewal of Air Iceland Connect’s fleet, in which Fokker airplanes were replaced by new and better Bombardier Q400 and Q200 airplanes, the company has in the last few months scheduled flights between Akureyri and Keflavík, increased flights to Greenland and Scotland and from 1 June, a new destination will be added, Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Above Copyright Photo: Flugfelag Islands-Air Iceland de Havilland Canada DHC-8-202 Dash 8 TF-JMK (msn 446) AEY (Wingnut). Image: 925729.

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Promech Air de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter slams into a cliff, 9 killed in Alaska

Promech Air DHC-3T (Flt)(Promech Air)(LR)

Promech Air (Ketchikan) de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter with a pilot and eight passengers from a Holland America Line cruise ship died in a crash yesterday (June 25) near Ketchikan, Alaska. The Otter slammed into a cliff while on a sightseeing flight on Misty Fjords National Monument.

Promech Air DHC-3T (Flt Misty Fjords)(Promech Air)(LR)

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The company described its operations:

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Promech Air is the largest air taxi in southern Southeast Alaska. Promech Air’s “can do” philosophy – along with our fleet, facilities, and personnel – make us the preferred carrier in the Ketchikan area. We have been transporting people and freight throughout Southeast Alaska for 30 years, giving us the experience to serve your transportation needs in a timely, safe, and affordable manner.

Promech Air flies to many locations throughout Southeast Alaska providing charter service to individuals and businesses, transporting everything from hunters and their gear to flowers and groceries. Promech Air;s flight seeing tours to Misty Fjords National Monument and Neets Bay Salmon Hatchery for bear viewing are some of the best tours offered in Alaska.

Promech Air currently operates four de Havilland Beavers and five de Havilland single-turbine Otters. These floatplanes are extraordinarily reliable and ideally suited for flying in Southeast Alaska. Standardization of our fleet, such as all aircraft being equipped with EDO floats, offers the advantage of simplified maintenance support. This allows us to operate with very few cancellations or flight delays due to maintenance.

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Promech Air DHC-3T (Wtr)(Promech Air)(LR)

Chorus Aviation (Jazz Aviation) to buy Voyageur Airways’ holding company

Chorus Aviation Inc. (Jazz Aviation) (Halifax) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of 519222 Ontario Limited, a holding company that owns Voyageur Airways (North Bay, Ontario) and its related companies, a leading provider of specialized aviation services with international operations.

Voyageur, a Transport Canada approved air operator, is an integrated provider of specialized aviation services, including contract flying operations both internationally and domestically, and offers advanced engineering and maintenance capabilities. Voyageur was founded almost 50 years ago in 1968, and is a private company headquartered at its 200,000 square foot facility in North Bay, Ontario. The company primarily operates within two aviation services sectors:

Specialized contract flying operations. The company operates medical, logistical and humanitarian flights serving blue chip clients comprised primarily of government entities and international non-governmental organizations. Voyageur has a total of 18 aircraft of which 13 are owned and 5 leased with the majority being Bombardier DHC-8-300 and CRJ200 aircraft. Voyageur currently operates in Canada, Africa and Central Asia.

Specialized engineering and advanced maintenance operations. As a certified Design Approval Organization by Transport Canada, the company has developed a number of Supplemental Type Certificates for modifications and improvements for Bombardier regional aircraft. The company is an ‘approved organization’ under Transport Canada, United States Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency regulations. The company has full in-house design engineering and aircraft modification capabilities for special mission integration and support requirements along with parts sales and manufacturing. The company also has storage and parking capabilities for up to 65 regional aircraft at its North Bay facility.
Voyageur also operates a small fixed-base operation at the North Bay airport providing services such as aircraft fueling, ground handling and aircraft hangar and storage facilities.

The company has a track record of strong financial performance with solid revenue and consistent free cash flow generation. For the last fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Voyageur generated adjusted EBITDA1 of approximately $16.9 million.

Transaction Details

The purchase price, on a cash free/debt free basis, represents a total enterprise value of approximately $80 million, subject to closing working capital adjustments. Utilizing cash on hand, $47.0 million will be paid at closing, along with the issuance of $8.0 million in Chorus Class B Voting Shares. Approximately, a further $25 million in deferred cash payments will be paid in separate installments over the 36 month period following the closing. The $80 million purchase price is supported by the appraised value of Voyageur’s owned aircraft, real estate and working capital.

The $80 million purchase price represents an attractive multiple of approximately 4.7 times 2014’s adjusted EBITDA1, and will be immediately accretive to Chorus’ consolidated earnings and free cash flow1. This transaction is expected to deliver a healthy return on investment to shareholders, and does not have a negative impact on the current dividend policy.

Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2015 and is subject to certain closing conditions, including receipt of TSX, regulatory and other third party approvals, and completion of certain remaining due diligence.

Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010 and is a dividend-paying holding company with various interests including Jazz Aviation Holdings Inc. and Chorus Aviation Holdings II Inc. Chorus Aviation Holdings II Inc. is a holding company to facilitate diversification of Chorus’ business.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. De Havilland Canada DHC-7-102 Dash 7 C-GLOL (msn 39) arrives at Toronto (Pearson). Since this photo, the aircraft has been operating for the United Nations in Africa.

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Jazz Aviation’s 1,380 pilots ratify the new contract

Jazz Aviation LP (Air Canada Express) (Halifax), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., has announced that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have ratified their tentative agreement reached on January 13, 2015. The term of this agreement is 11 years expiring on December 31, 2025.

ALPA represents approximately 1380 pilots employed at Jazz. The term of the pilot agreement is consistent with the 11 year term of Chorus’ proposed amended capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada (that remains subject to the completion of certain terms and conditions), and therefore provides long-term labor stability. The new collective agreement also provides for productivity enhancements, cost control measures and incentives to grow at competitive rates.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation’s Bombardier DHC-8-102 C-FJMG (msn 255) is pictured parked at the gate at Toronto-Pearson International Airport.

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