De Havilland Canada may have left the limelight to arch-rival ATR when it pulled out days before the Singapore air show over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, but the Canadian airframer is confident about prospects for its Dash 8 twin-turboprop in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly high-density variants.
The Toronto-based company, which acquired the turboprop programme from Bombardier last year, had planned to display on the static an 86-seat Dash 8-400, one of two delivered to leasing company TrueNoord, and operated by PAL Express, a Philippine Airlines carrier.
Former Bombardier executive Philippe Poutissou, who joined last year as vice-president of sales and marketing, says the greater capacity of the Dash 8 is one way De Havilland Canada can “differentiate” its offering from its larger competitor, ATR. Poutissou also sees the natural resource sector being a major market for the type in Asia.
ATR at Singapore announced PNG Air as launch customer for the short take-off and landing version of the ATR 42-600. The Papua New Guinean airline will use the twin-turboprops to replace part of its De Havilland Canada Q100 fleet.
There is a huge market for Dash 8 jets !!