Daily Archives: November 16, 2019

Elin Group Places Firm Order with De Havilland Canada for Three Dash 8-400 Aircraft

The Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to confirm its position as the world’s most advanced and most productive turboprop

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that Elin Group Limited has signed a firm purchase agreement for three Dash 8-400 aircraft. Headquartered in Nigeria, Elin Group has diverse business interests in real estate development, power generation, agricultural development, gas utilization, mining, maritime operations and the aviation sector.

“The Dash 8-400 aircraft’s speed, comfort and versatility superbly meet our requirements as we look at opportunities to support Nigeria’s resource sector, particularly for oil and gas operations.  The Dash 8-400 turboprop has been operating in Nigeria with other carriers and we have seen how this aircraft can support our diverse operational requirements,” said Caroline Pritheesh, Managing Director, Elin Group. “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with De Havilland Canada as we look forward to expanding our business with the impressive capabilities of the Dash 8-400 aircraft.”

“As a dynamic entrepreneur and a leader with a vision, I am profoundly pleased that De Havilland Canada and Elin Group Nigeria have come together to form a formidable business relationship that will enable Elin Group to deliver cutting-edge service to customers in the aviation sector,” said Elizabeth Jack-Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Elin Group. “It has always been my vision to collaborate with a company of high technical and innovative repute to see the actualization of my vision to broaden services in different economic facets. I am particularly proud today, about this alliance with De Havilland Canada; the acquisition of the Dash 8-400 aircraft for operations in Nigeria is a step in the right direction and it couldn’t have come at a better time than now.                                                        

“I would like to assure you that we are in this for the long haul and look forward to expanding other business horizons for our collective organizational wellbeing,” added Dr. Jack-Rich.

“We are delighted to welcome Elin Group to our family of customers and to announce this order – the second booked since the relaunch of De Havilland Canada in June this year,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “Propelled by the excitement generated by the transition of the Dash 8 aircraft program to De Havilland Canada, our Sales and Marketing teams are focusing their attention on building a pipeline of orders to further increase our backlog and reconfirm the Dash 8-400 aircraft’s position as the world’s most advanced and most productive turboprop.  Africa continues to be a showcase market for the Dash 8-400 where the aircraft’s speed, hot and high performance and higher payload capabilities bring significant advantages to new markets within the continent.”

De Havilland Canada’s first firm order following the company’s relaunch in June 2019, was signed by the United Republic of Tanzania, represented by the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA).

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
With its acquisition of the Dash 8 aircraft program, Longview Aviation Capital has proudly relaunched De Havilland Canada, one of Canada’s most iconic brands. De Havilland Canada’s portfolio includes sales and production of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, one of the world’s most important commercial aircraft, as well as support for the worldwide fleet of Dash 8-100/200/300/400 aircraft. The company is committed to maintain the brand’s 90-year-old reputation for expertise, excellence and reliability in its manufacturing and commercial operations, and through its global network providing enhanced customer services and support. Increasingly, the company is focused on the cost competitiveness of aircraft across their lifespan.
https://dehavilland.com

De Havilland, Dash 8, Dash 8-100/200/300 and Dash 8-400 are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

A media kit including photos and images is available at https://dehavilland.com

For further information: CONTACT: Philippa King, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, philippa.king@dehavilland.com, +1 416 375 3062

 

De Havilland Canada Enhances Support to Operators of Dash 8-400 Aircraft with the Addition of Falcon Aviation Services to its Network of Authorized Service Facilities

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — To coincide with the Dubai Airshow starting tomorrow, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that it has entered an agreement with Falcon Aviation Services (“Falcon”) that will enhance support to operators of Dash 8-400 aircraft in the Middle East and Africa. Under the agreement, Falcon is appointed as a De Havilland Canada Authorized Service Facility (ASF) and will offer heavy check maintenance services from its facilities in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Known for its specialization in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, Falcon is expanding its MRO portfolio to include base maintenance support for the Dash 8-400 aircraft. The company operates three Dash 8-400 aircraft and provides MRO support to five Dash 8-400 aircraft that are in service with Qazaq Air in Kazakhstan.

“The Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to be a valuable asset in our portfolio, and we are delighted to be appointed as an Authorized Service Facility for the aircraft which has proved its operational capability in the arid regions of North Africa, as well as in the humid, sub-Saharan regions,” said Capt. Ramandeep Oberoi, Chief Executive Officer, Falcon Aviation Services.

“Falcon has been actively involved in supporting the growth and development of the fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft in the Middle East and Africa for several years, and now with this appointment as a De Havilland Canada Authorized Service Facility, Falcon is in an even better position to support the region’s aviation sector,” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. “We look forward to this ongoing collaboration with Falcon as we work together to contribute to the region’s growing air transportation network.”

De Havilland Canada’s customer support network for Dash 8 Series aircraft in the Middle East and Africa includes another Authorized Service Facility located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a Regional Support Office (RSO).

About Dash 8-400 Aircraft
The Dash 8-400 aircraft is the latest in the Dash 8 Series family. Designed as an advanced, 21st-century turboprop, it provides unmatched performance and operational flexibility. The Dash 8-400 aircraft is nimble enough for a steep approach, yet tough enough to land on unpaved run­ways. It’s the only turboprop in its class certified for high altitude airports.

Offering the versatility of turboprop economics with jet-like performance, the Dash 8-400 can be adapted to many business models, delivering 30 per cent less fuel burn than competing jets, while cruising 160 km/h faster than conventional turboprops. Its large propellers operate at a lower RPM, generating more power with less noise and making it a friendly option for city centres. With industry-leading passenger experience, operating costs and environmental footprint, the Dash 8-400 aircraft is the pinnacle of the modern turboprop.

As the most successful Dash 8 Series aircraft, the Dash 8-400 has logged almost seven million flight hours with over 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries. With a dispatch reliability rate of over 99.5 per cent, the aircraft has transported more than 400 million passengers worldwide.

About Falcon Aviation Services
Falcon Aviation Services is a leading business aviation services company based in Al Bateen Executive Airport, and Dubai (Al Maktoum International Airport) in the United Arab of Emirates. It was formed under the initiative of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates.

Falcon Aviation has been established for over twelve years, during which time the company has built an unrivalled reputation for its VIP Charter and support to the Government’s Oil and Gas Sector. With a new and diversified fleet of luxurious corporate jets and helicopters, Falcon Aviation offers a multitude of Business and General Aviation Services including, Business Jet/VIP Helicopter Charter, Fixed Based Operations (FBO) Services, Aircraft Management and comprehensive MRO Support including Scheduled and Unscheduled Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO).
www.falconaviation.ae

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
With its acquisition of the Dash 8 aircraft program, Longview Aviation Capital has proudly relaunched De Havilland Canada, one of Canada’s most iconic brands. De Havilland Canada’s portfolio includes sales and production of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, one of the world’s most important commercial aircraft, as well as support for the worldwide fleet of Dash 8-100/200/300/400 aircraft. The company is committed to maintain the brand’s 90-year-old reputation for expertise, excellence and reliability in its manufacturing and commercial operations, and through its global network providing customer services and support. Increasingly, the company is focused on the cost competitiveness of aircraft across their lifespan.  https://dehavilland.com

De Havilland, Dash 8, Dash 8-100/200/300 and Dash 8-400 are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

A media kit, including photos and images, is available at https://dehavilland.com

Contact: Philippa King, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, philippa.king@dehavilland.com, +1 416 375 3062

Sanya, China kicks off a city promotional event in Cape Town by opening its Visit Sanya China Boat to tourists from around the world

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On November 14, 2019 (local time), the Visit Sanya China Boat from the well-known Chinese tropical destination Sanya, was opened to local residents as well as tourists in Cape Town during the Clipper race’s stopover in the South African city. The event marked the kick off of the African segment of Sanya’s global campaign to promote the city as an international tourism destination via the Visit Sanya China Boat.

The theme banner of the 2020 Sanya Asian Beach Games filled with signatures and the good wishes of tourists from around the world (PRNewsfoto/Sanya Organizing Committee)

Sanya will hold the sixth Asian Beach Games between November 28 and December 6, 2020, with the expectation of bringing together 4,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions across Asia. The upcoming event has become a key topic of Sanya’s promotional event in Cape Town, during which tourism officials from the Chinese city invited travelers from around the world to Sanya for an outstanding experience during the upcoming Asian Beach Games.

“I have a lot of good memories of China, including Sanya,” said Egyptian tourist Adi. “I went to Sanya for surfing this May and it is really a good destination for beach sports and vacation.”

“Do you know how to write Sanya in Chinese? Try it,” said Guan Xi, one of the media representatives on the Visit Sanya China Boat when warmly receiving a local visitor named Walsha. Following Guan Xi instructions and watching his movements as he wrote out each character, Walsha wrote her first Chinese sentence on the theme banner of the 2020 Sanya Asian Beach Games expressing her best wishes for the event. In just a few hours, the theme banner was filled with signatures and the good wishes of tourists from all over the world who were traveling in Cape Town.

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Inside Campus Fortresses, Hong Kong Students Prep for Battle

\HONG KONG – Student protesters are barricading themselves at universities across Hong Kong, stockpiling makeshift weapons and turning campuses into what look like war zones. It marks a dangerous new phase in Hong Kong’s 5-month-old anti-government protests.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University now looks something more like a fortress. Hundreds of students have hunkered down, laying bricks to obstruct police vehicles they are certain eventually will arrive, and setting up multiple levels of security checkpoints. Inside, students arm themselves with whatever they can, including arrows, bricks and molotov cocktails.

Hong Kong has seen 24 weeks of protests, but what is taking place here is new. Students barricading themselves in at universities, preparing for extended confrontations. It’s the start of what could be a dangerous new phase of anti-government protests.

Students don’t want to give their names. But this protester is eager to defend the aggressive tactics.

We have seen the police brutality in Hong Kong … how can we tolerate that?

This is going on in at least five Hong Kong campuses. Many schools canceled class for the semester. At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, police moved in earlier this week, prompting a night of clashes that looked more like battles for territory. Police later accused the students of turning the campuses into weapons factories.

But this protester says that’s unfair.

The violence between us and the police is imbalanced. You can see that. We just use the things we have, just only some bottles or some plastic. But the police have the gun, have the tear gas. So the violence between us and the police is totally unbalanced.

In the downtime, the students test their weapons, which sometimes don’t work. A light moment that masks the gravity of what they’re doing.

All the protesters are scared. Because maybe we will die. But we think if we don’t stand up this day, all the freedom in Hong Kong will lose. So there is no way to [go] back for us.

These are student protesters who know they’ll probably lose, but who nonetheless are prepared to fight.

Source: Voice of America