Air Transport World

Is De Havilland expecting? (De Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada)

TORONTO - Engine selection for the Bombardier/de Havilland Dash 8-400 was supposed to be the high point of a huge celebration here that also featured deliveries of the 400th Dash 8 and the first Dash 8-200 speedster.

Instead, the engine selection for the Dash 8-400, the usual first step to launching an aircraft, was postponed for a week without explanation.

Later, in Montreal, Bombardier Aerospace North America announced that Pratt & Whitney Canada's 4,850-shp PW150 will power the 74-seat turboprop. Launch is expected this month at the Pan's air show.

Maintaining commonality with other Pratt-powered Dash 8 models was given by Bombardier as the primary reason for choosing the not-yet-built PW150 to push what could be the largest turboprop regional airliner ever built to a maximum cruising speed of 350 kt. …

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