De Havilland Aircraft of Canada announced on Tuesday design weight increases and cabin enhancements for the Dash 8-400 aircraft.
The design weight increases will provide an increase of up to 3,000 lb (1,360 kg) in payload (maximum zero fuel weight) and an increase of up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) to the maximum take-off weight of the Dash 8-400 aircraft.
It will allow the aircraft to carry more passengers cargo and fuel with extended range. An increase of 650 lb (295 kg) is being developed to the aft baggage compartment.
“As we work toward relaunching the production of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, our design weight increases and cabin enhancements, which are available to retrofit in-service aircraft, illustrate De Havilland Canada’s ongoing commitment and investments to support the worldwide fleet,” said Jean-Philippe Cote, Vice President, Programs, De Havilland Canada. “Our solutions offer our operators many opportunities to increase operational flexibility and to provide a passenger experience that is equivalent to that on new production aircraft.
Cabin enhancements to the Dash 8-400 will include industry-first OEM collaboration with SpaceX’s Starlink to enable high-speed, low latency broadband internet on De Havilland Canada’s aircraft.
“In addition, our design weight increases for the Dash 8-400 aircraft will allow operators to meet the increasing passenger weight allowance requirements mandated by Transport Canada, the FAA and various other aviation authorities, without any impact on revenue,” Cote said.