China may hold the future for De Havilland’s Dash 8-400

“One thing we will not do is we will not do any manufacturing [in a market] anymore without an order for airplanes.”

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Nashville, Tenn. — With its new strategic form, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada is looking to re-build its commercial presence with an eye toward Asia — including potentially assembling its tubroprops for Chinese airlines inside China.

The company, born June 1 from the divestiture of Bombardier’s formerly-namedQ400 program, is striking out on its own, backed by privately-held Longview Aviation Capital. De Havilland is targeting Russia and China as two of its most important overseas markets for the Dash 8-400 turboprop. A growing number of remote regional airfields, especially in China, make the Chinese and Russian markets attractive to De Havilland’s turboprop.

“These are a very important markets for us,” said Todd Young, De Havilland’s Chief Operating Officer. Neither Bombardier (now-De Havilland) nor ATR have any aircraft flying in China today. As of the end of July, De Havilland had a total backlog of 48 aircraft and had delivered 600.

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