List of Bombardier Dash 8 operators

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The Bombardier Dash 8, previously the de Havilland Canada Dash 8, is a regional airliner delivered in three size categories, typically seating from 37 to 78 passengers. The following lists both former and current operators.

Civil operators[edit]

A DHC-8-103Q Dash 8 of Ryukyu Air Commuter at Minami-Daito Airport on Okinawa
Q200 B-17201 of Uni Air, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Austrian airline InterSky Q300 at Berlin's Tempelhof International Airport
Two Widerøe Dash 8 at Trondheim Airport, Værnes: Q400 (front) and a -100 (back).
Flybe Q400 (G-JEDN) lands at Bristol Airport
  • A total of 221 Dash 8 Series 100 aircraft were in airline service with 47 operators as of August 2008.[1]
  • A total of 71 Dash 8 Series 200 aircraft were in commercial service with 15 operators as of August 2008.[1]
  • A total of 214 Dash 8 Series 300 aircraft were in airline service, with 13 further orders as of August 2006.[2]
  • A total of 142 Q400 aircraft are in airline service, with 213 orders as of March 2009.

Major Dash 8 operators include:

Airline -100 -200 -300 -400 Total Orders Options
Abu Dhabi Aviation 2 4[3] 6
Aero Contractors 5 5
ALM Antillean Airlines 6 6
airBaltic 12 12
Air Canada Express
(Jazz Aviation LP)[4]
36 28 21 85 9
Air Creebec[4] 7 1 8
Air Greenland 5 5
Air Iceland 2 2
Air Inuit[4] 5 6 11
Air Labrador
(Labrador Airways)[4] A
2 2
Air Nelson 23 23
Air Nippon Network 5 14 19
Air Niugini 2 3 3 3 11
Air Nostrum 3 3
Air Panama 1 1 2
Airphil Express 3 5 8
Air Service Gabon 3 1 4
Air Tanzania 1 1
Airlines PNG 7 7
Arctic Sunwest Charters
(171817 Canada Inc)[4]
2 2
Arik Air 2 2 4
Augsburg Airways 10 10
Austrian Airlines (Tyrolean Airways)[5] 14 14
Avmax Aircraft Leasing[4] B E 3 1 4
Bahamasair 6 6
Bombardier Inc.[4] 2 14 16
Buraq Air 3 3
Canadian North[4] 4 4
Republic Airways 20 14
CommutAir (United Express) 16 5 21
Croatia Airlines 6 6 4
Darwin Airline 2 2
Denim Air 12 12
Dutch Caribbean Express 2 2
Eastern Airways[6] 3 3
Eastern Australia Airlines 9 3 10 22
Era Aviation 8 8
Ethiopian Airlines 8 8
EuroLOT[7] 11 (+3) 11 3 6
Eznis Airways 1 (+1) 1 1
Field Aviation[4] 2 2
Fly540 3 3
Flybe 57 (+3) 57 3
GMG Airlines 2 2
Goldcorp Canada[4] 1 1
Gouvernement du Québec, Service aérien gouvernemental[4] 1 1
Hawkair[4] C 3 2 5
Horizon Air 50 50 - 7
Hydro-Québec[4] 1 2 3
InterSky 4 4
Island Air 6 6
Japan Air Commuter 9 (+1) 9 1
LAM Mozambique Airlines 1 (+3) 1 3
LAN Colombia 7 7
LC PERU 1 1 6
LIAT 3 13 16
Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter 10 10
Luxair[8] 5 5 4[9] 4[9]
Maldivian 2 3 5
Malév Hungarian Airlines 4 (+4/4) 4 4 4
Mesa Airlines 6 12 18
Nav Canada[4] 1 1
North Cariboo Air
(North Cariboo Flying Service)[4]
2 6 2 10
Olympic Air 5 9 (+8)[10] 14 8
Oriental Air Bridge 2 2
PAL Aerospace[4] 2 2
PAL Express 4 5 9
Perimeter Aviation[4] 3 2 5
Petroleum Air Services 5 5
Piedmont Airlines 33 11 44
Porter Airlines[4] 26 (+4)[11] 26 4
Province of Alberta, Department Of Public Works[4] 1 1
Provincial Airlines[4] D 4 1 5
Regional 1[4] E 1 2 1 4
QantasLink 5 15 14 (+7/24) 14 7 24
Regent Airways 2 2
Ryukyu Air Commuter 4 4
SATA Air Açores[12] 2 4 6
SAS Group (as airBaltic and Widerøe) (+14)[13] 14
Sky Regional Airlines[4] 5 5
Sky Work Airlines 3[14] 3
Skytrans Airlines 9 3 12
South African Express 5 2 7
Southern Star Airlines 1[15] - 1
Sunshine Airlines 2 6 8
SpiceJet[4] 15 (+15) 15 15
Sunwest Aviation[4] 1 1
Tassili Airlines Algeria (+4) 4 4 4
United Airways 2[16] 2
Uni Air 8 8
Voyageur Airways[4] 6 6
WestJet[17] 4 4 16 25
Widerøe 19 2 7 11 34 1
Wings Abadi Air (+8) 8
World Wide Aircraft Ferrying[4] 1 1 2
Yemenia Joint Venture (YJV) 3 3

Some 25 other airlines operate fewer than three Dash 8 Series 100s.[1] Some four other airlines operate fewer than two Dash 8 Series 200s.[1] Some 11 other airlines operate smaller numbers of Dash 8 Series 300.[2] Some 17 other airlines operate smaller numbers of Dash 8 Series 400.[2]

In February 2007, Pinnacle Airlines Corporation announced an order for 15 Q400s on behalf of its recently acquired subsidiary, Colgan Air. The aircraft will be operated in a codeshare agreement with Continental Airlines, under the Continental Connection banner out of their Newark, New Jersey hub.[18]

Notes[edit]

  • :A.^ Both aircraft are listed as having their registration cancelled.
  • :B.^ Two of the 100 series are listed as having their registration cancelled.
  • :C.^ One of the 200 series is listed as having an expired registration as of 2005.
  • :D.^ Provincial Airlines is owned by Provincial Aerospace.
  • :E.^ Regional 1 is owned by Avmax.

Former civil Operators[edit]

 Brazil
 Italy
 Jordan
 New Zealand

DHC-8 Dash 8 aircraft were also formerly operated in the U.S.A. by Metro Airlines flying as Eastern Metro Express via a code share agreement with Eastern Airlines.

Coast guard and military operators[edit]

CT-142 Dash 8 "Gonzo" from 402 Squadron, Canadian Forces, Winnipeg, Manitoba
USAF E-9A "Widget" over Tyndall Air Force Base
Operator Country Number Model Role Ref
Caribbean Coastguard  Aruba
 Sint Maarten
 Curaçao
 Caribbean Netherlands
2 MPA-D8 Maritime surveillance [19]
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service  Australia 10 -200 (6)
-300 (4)
Maritime surveillance [1][2]
Royal Australian Navy 1 -200 Hydrographic Survey [20]
Royal Canadian Air Force  Canada 4 CT-142 "Gonzo" Navigational trainer [21]
Transport Canada 2 -100 maritime surveillance operated for Canadian Coast Guard [4]
Icelandic Coast Guard  Iceland 1 -300 maritime surveillance [22]
Japan Coast Guard  Japan 3 -300 MSA maritime surveillance
Kenya Air Force  Kenya 3 -100 medium lift transport
Mexican Navy  Mexico 1 -202 utility transport
Swedish Coast Guard  Sweden 3 -300 MSA maritime surveillance [23]
United States Air Force  United States 2 E-9A "Widget" surveillance aircraft [24]
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 7 4-200s, 3-300s MPA Maritime Patrol

Other applications[edit]

Two used Q400s, acquired from Scandinavian Airlines System, were modified by Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford, British Columbia for France's Sécurité Civile as fire-fighting water bombers in the fire season and as transport aircraft off season. The Q400 Airtanker can drop 10,000 L (2,200 imp gal; 2,600 US gal)[25] of water in this role compared to Bombardier's CL-415 dedicated water bomber which can drop 6,140 L (1,350 imp gal; 1,620 US gal). The latter, however, is amphibious and requires less infrastructure.

Neptune Aviation of Missoula, Montana have acquired a Q300 as a prototype for future Q200/Q300 water bombers to replace current P2V aircraft.[26]

Dash8 Sécurité Civile France

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "World Airliner Census." Flight International, 19–25 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "World Airliner Census". Flight International, 3–9 October 2006.
  3. ^ Dhabi "Fleet Abu Dhabi Aviation." airfleets.net, 13 July 2008. Retrieved: 11 April 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Aircraft listed at the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register from Transport Canada. Search using "DHC-8" in the "Model Name:" box. Name in parenthesis is the owner name listed with TC. As of 21 March 2011 there were 180 DHC-8 registered.
  5. ^ http://www.tyrolean.at/Tyrolean/Fleet/OurFleet/BombardierQ400.aspx?sc_lang=de
  6. ^ Eastern Airways DHC-8-311 Fleet List
  7. ^ "Eurolot Signs for up to 20 Bombardier Q400 NextGen Airliners". Bombardier Inc. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ planespotters.net. "Luxair fleet". Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Bombardier Confirms Luxair as Previously Unidentified Customer for Q400 NextGen Turboprops". Toronto. September 29, 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  10. ^ CH-Aviation
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ https://www.sata.pt/en/sata/fleet
  13. ^ SAS receives compensation and order new aircraft for fleet replacement
  14. ^ Sky Work Airlines to receive Bombardier Q400
  15. ^ Photo of 5Y-BZI on airliners.net
  16. ^ [2]
  17. ^ "WestJet selects Bombardier Q400 for new regional airline". WestJet. Retrieved 05.01.2012. 
  18. ^ Pinnacle
  19. ^ Samen Sterk
  20. ^ "Laser Airborne Depth Sounder". Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  21. ^ CT-142 Dash-8 - Overview, CT-142 Dash-8 - Technical Specifications Department of National Defence, March 2007. Retrieved: 22 October 2008.
  22. ^ Icelandic Coast Guard Report
  23. ^ Sweden
  24. ^ "53RD Weapons Evaluation Group". Tyndall Air Force Base, 28 May 2008. Retrieved: 11 April 2009.
  25. ^ Tanker conversion
  26. ^ Water bomber