Air Canada Cargo has signed an agreement with Jazz
Aviation to operate the recently approved Dash 8-400 Simplified
Package Freighter, developed by De Havilland Canada, on short and
medium haul markets under the Air Canada Express banner.
The reconfigured aircraft will carry a total of
17,960 lbs (8,147 kg) of cargo in the passenger cabin and
“The reconfiguration of Dash 8-400 aircraft into
Simplified Package Freighters can be quickly achieved by the
removal of seats and seat track covers in the passenger cabin,”
said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada.
“The reconfiguration, which includes the use of up to 17 nets will
provide a potential total payload of up to 17,960 lb. and a total
cargo volume of up to 1,150 cubic feet per aircraft.”
Under an agreement with De Havilland Canada, Jazz
Aviation has ordered a Service Bulletin and conversion kit that
will be applied to the first of 13 select Dash 8-400 aircraft.
De Havilland Canada will be the exclusive
supplier of all future Dash 8-400 aircraft Simplified Package
Freighter modifications for Jazz's fleet.
"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, PPE and other goods
needed to support the ongoing fight against COVID19."
To promote the cargo-only flights, Air Canada
Cargo has created five, segment-specific sales teams.
De Havilland Canada,