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Our Fleet – the Dash 8-400

Efficient, comfortable and environmentally kinder.

Building on the success and popularity of the Dash 8-100/200/300 aircraft, the Dash 8-400 entered into service with significant enhancements including new engines, a modernized cockpit, and improved aerodynamics.

Seating up to 90 passengers, the Dash 8-400 is the highest capacity turboprop on the market today and has the lowest unit cost. In addition to passenger configurations, the Dash 8-400 is highly versatile with the ability to serve as a freighter, firefighting aircraft, missionized aircraft, and more.

With superior performance characteristics, the Dash 8-400 can operate in challenging conditions including on unpaved runways, in hot and high environments, and in remote communities where airport infrastructure may be lacking. It also offers 40% more range and 30% faster cruise speeds compared to conventional turboprops, making it the most productive turboprop on the market. Since its launch, more than 620 Dash 8-400 aircraft have joined the fleets of over 70 owners and operators worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key differences between the Dash 8-400 and its predecessors?

The Dash 8-400 distinguishes itself with new engines, a modern cockpit, enhanced aerodynamics, and a larger passenger capacity. These advancements contribute to its superior range, speed, and overall efficiency compared to earlier models in the Dash 8 series.

How does the Dash 8-400 perform in harsh weather conditions and challenging terrains?

Thanks to its robust design and advanced technology, the Dash 8-400 excels in diverse environments, including hot, high, and unpaved runways. Its performance in these conditions highlights its reliability and versatility for operators worldwide.

What makes the Dash 8-400 environmentally friendly compared to other aircraft?

The Dash 8-400’s design focuses on reduced emissions and fuel efficiency, making it a more environmentally considerate option. Its operational efficiency also contributes to a lower ecological footprint in the aviation industry.

How does the operational cost of the Dash 8-400 compare to other aircraft?

The Dash 8-400 boasts the lowest unit cost among turboprops, thanks to its fuel efficiency, larger passenger capacity, and reduced maintenance requirements. This economic advantage makes it a valuable asset for operators aiming for cost-effective operations.

What are the future developments expected for the Dash 8 series?

Continued innovations and upgrades are anticipated to further enhance the Dash 8’s performance, environmental efficiency, and versatility, ensuring its relevance in the evolving aviation landscape.

How fast can the Dash 8-400 fly?

The Dash 8-400, known for its efficiency and performance among turboprop aircraft, can reach a maximum cruise speed of approximately 360 knots (414 mph or 667 km/h). This speed makes it one of the fastest turboprop airplanes available, significantly enhancing its appeal for regional airlines by offering shorter travel times comparable to those of jet aircraft for certain distances. The Dash 8-400’s advanced aerodynamics and powerful engines are key factors contributing to its impressive speed capabilities, ensuring it remains a preferred choice for operators prioritising efficiency and performance.

How far can the Dash 8-400 fly before it needs to refuel?

The Dash 8-400 has a maximum range of about 1,100 nautical miles (2,038 kilometers or 1,267 miles) under typical passenger load conditions. This range enables the aircraft to conduct regional flights efficiently without the need for frequent refueling stops, making it an ideal choice for connecting a wide array of destinations, including remote and hard-to-reach locations. The aircraft’s range, combined with its speed and capacity, positions the Dash 8-400 as a highly versatile and economical option for airlines operating both short-haul and medium-haul routes.

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