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The Dash 8 turns 2. (de Havilland Canada Dash 8 aircraft)

The Dash 8 turns two

Two years into the service life of the Dash 8, de Havilland Canada appears up to speed in meeting a growing order book for the 37-seat regional airliner. This atmosphere of stability, direction and client satisfaction comes after settling a series of labor troubles, weathering industry doubt prior to the Canadian government's sale of the company to Boeing Canada and resolving a series of Dash 8 teething problems.

In the past year the original 37-seat Series 100 became a solid success; also, feverish progress was made on DHC's latest contribution to regional hardware sales wars, the 50-passenger Series 300 version. As DHC staff make ready the new prototype, serial production of the Series 100 continues to accelerate, turning out the company's newest commercial design at ever-higher rates.

Customer acceptance

The Dash 8's numbers reflect a high degree of acceptance among the 26 customers holding aircraft, orders, or both: 60 delivered as of Dec. …

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