- Joe Breitfeller
ATSA Signs Firm Agreement De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 Large Cargo Door Freighter Conversion
Peru’s ATSA has signed a firm agreement with De Havilland Canada for a Dash 8-400 Large Cargo Door Freighter Conversion, becoming the first South American Dash 8-400 operator to join DHC’s Cargo Solutions Program.
On Wednesday (February 1st, 2023), De Haviland Aircraft of Canada announced that Aero Transporte S.A. (ATSA) of Peru has signed a firm agreement for a DHC Dash 8-400 freighter conversion with a large cargo door, or Dash 8-400 F-LCD. ATSA has now become the first South American operator of DASH 8-400s to join DHC’s Cargo Solutions Program, and ATSA’s Dash 8-400 F-LCD will be the first of its type operating on the continent. Currently, ATSA operates two Dash 8-400s from their base in Peru in support of the mining sector.
In Wednesday’s announcement, ATSA’s President, Carlos Cueva, said,
“As an experienced operator of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, we have first-hand knowledge of its outstanding performance capability to support our expanding cargo operations in Peru’s mining sector. Our country’s complex geography that includes arid coastal plains, the Andean mountains, and the rain forests of the Amazon basin, make the Dash 8-400 aircraft the ideal choice for this type of operation.” Also commenting on the firm conversion agreement, De Havilland Canada’s Vice President – Sales and Marketing, said,
“We are delighted to welcome ATSA to our cargo solutions program and we wish the airline all the best with its expanding operations to support more cargo transport. De Havilland Canada will conduct ATSA’s Dash 8-400 F-LCD conversion in Canada utilizing our Transport Canada-approved original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Service Bulletins – illustrating our growing capability to provide ongoing support to the global fleet of De Havilland Canada aircraft.”
With over 5,000 aircraft delivered worldwide, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada (DHC) is dedicated to advancing their nearly 100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. The company’s flexible aircraft portfolio, including the DHC Dash 8-400 and Twin Otter Series 400 turboprop aircraft, operate in some of the world’s most inhospitable climates, providing essential passenger and cargo connectivity between rural communities and urban centers. Additionally, the company’s aircraft support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd. and Pacific Sky Training.
Source: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada