Friday, April 24, 2020

New Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighters will fly under Air Canada Express banner

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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