De Havilland Canada Increases Operational Flexibility of Dash 8-400 Aircraft with Design Weight Increases and Cabin Improvements

  • Cabin enhancements include the industry’s first OEM collaboration with SpaceX’s Starlink to enable low-latency, high-speed Internet access on De Havilland Canada aircraft.

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FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 19, 2022 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) today announced design weight increases and cabin improvements for the Dash 8-400 aircraft.

Starlink’s low Earth orbit satellites (pictured) will deliver high throughput, low latency broadband for an unprecedented passenger experience on aircraft around the world. (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

“As we strive to restart production of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, our design weight increases and cabin upgrades, which are available to retrofit aircraft in service, illustrate the continued commitment and investment de Havilland Canada to support the global fleet,” said Jean-Philippe Côté, Vice President, Programs, De Havilland Canada. “Our solutions provide our operators with many opportunities to increase operational flexibility and deliver a passenger experience equivalent to that of new production aircraft. Additionally, our design weight increases for the Dash 8-400 aircraft will enable operators to meet the increased passenger weight allowance requirements imposed by Transport Canada, the FAA and various other aviation authorities, without any revenue impact.”


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) in the maximum takeoff weight of the Dash 8-400 plane. These weight increases significantly improve the aircraft’s operational ability to carry more passengers, more baggage, more cargo and more fuel, and provide more range than ever before. Weight increases are offered in several standard categories and De Havilland Canada can also provide custom weight increases to meet the specific needs of a particular operator. The increased refueling capacity provides operators with refueling options at network points that provide greater operational flexibility and cost optimization.

Additionally, a 650 lb (295 kg) increase is being developed for the rear luggage compartment for operators who require additional luggage weight carrying capacity.


When the Dash 8-400 entered service, its advanced design offered more payload, more passenger capacity and more range than competing turboprops. The aircraft incorporates several unique and market-leading features, such as the Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system to ensure passengers have a quieter cabin. Additionally, the aircraft’s High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, which is standard on all Dash 8-400 aircraft, ensures that cabin air is 100% renewed every three to four minutes. Since entry into service, updates have been made to the cabin, including LED lighting, new window design, enlarged overhead lockers, and more.

De Havilland Canada is investing again in the Dash 8-400 aircraft and introducing a series of new features to further enhance passenger appeal with more functionality and flexibility. These features include:

  • Satellite internet connectivity from Starlink enables high-speed, low-latency Internet access worldwide, providing passengers with a premium Internet experience not available from any other satellite or air-to-ground system. The lightweight, aerodynamic form factor of the Starlink antenna allows for more durable operation with fuel savings not possible with other legacy systems. De Havilland Canada’s work with Starlink to integrate satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi on an aircraft platform is the first agreement between Starlink and an OEM and highlights de Havilland’s customer focus and agility Canada as an organization.

  • Wireless Inflight Entertainment (IFE) System which provides passengers with wireless access to a wide variety of content on their personal electronic devices. The single-line replaceable unit that can be installed in overhead bins offers reduced weight and maintenance compared to a seat-back IFE solution. The unit can be powered by batteries or aircraft power.

  • In-seat USB power supply at all passenger seat locations. The system, which does not affect passengers’ legroom, is compatible with all types of seats and will allow passengers to easily connect and power their personal devices on board.

  • A top tray extension solution for older Dash 8-400 aircraft models. This economical and environmentally friendly solution provides additional storage space in the cabin of the Dash 8 aircraft and is the ideal solution to meet passengers’ growing luggage space needs.

  • Pictorial illuminated signage that aligns with signage in airport facilities and facilitates aircraft remarketing by eliminating the need for signage translations.

  • Improved interior decoration which includes soft materials in the cabin (carpet, dado panels, bulkheads, seat covers, etc.)

  • For older Dash 8-400 aircraft models, brighter LED cabin lighting which will provide a cool and adjustable lighting system along the ceiling panels and under the bins, as well as adjustable PSU reading lights.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With over 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals are dedicated to advancing our reputation for excellence closely. 100 years of innovation, production and customer satisfaction. Support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the harshest climates in the world and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centers, carrying essential cargo and millions of passengers each year. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations, including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada.

De Havilland Canada and Dash 8-400 are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft.  (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft. (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

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