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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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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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