Chorus Aviation Inc. and its subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP announced Friday that Jazz and Air Canada will begin operating the recently approved Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter developed by De Havilland Canada to short and medium haul markets under the Air Canada Express banner. These reconfigured aircraft will carry a total of 18,000 pounds [8,165 kilograms] of cargo in the passenger cabin and belly.
"This aircraft will allow us to provide critical cargo lift on short and medium-haul routes that have been impacted by the reduction of passenger flights," said Tim Strauss, Vice-President Air Canada Cargo. "The converted cabin, which can accommodate a cargo volume of 1,150 cubic feet is perfectly suited to loose load cargo like medical supplies, personal protective equipment and other goods needed to support the ongoing fight against COVID-19."
On April 11, Air Canada announced they had reconfigured the cabins of three of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to give them additional cargo capacity to transport COVID-19 supplies.
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