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De Havilland Canada Announces Firm Order For Three DASH 8-400s From Elin Group Limited

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

On Saturday, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada announced a firm order for three Dash 8-400s by The Elin Group of Nigeria. This is the company's second firm order since their relaunch last June.

Elin Aero De Havilland Dash 8-400 - Image Courtesy De Havilland Aircraft of Canada

Just prior to the opening of the 2019 Dubai Air Show, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada secured a firm order for three Dash 8-400s. The customer is the Elin Group Ltd. of Nigeria which has interests in real estate development, power generation, agricultural development, gas utilization, mining and aviation. In Saturday’s announcement, Elin Group’s Managing Director, Caroline Pritheesh said,

“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. 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.”

Elin Group CEO, Elizabeth Jack Rich added, “As a dynamic entrepreneur and 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. 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.”

Yesterday’s order is the second for De Havilland Canada, which was relaunched last June. We recently reported the company’s first firm order which was from the United Republic of Tanzania on behalf of Air Tanzania. Commenting on the new order, De Havilland Canada’s Chief Operating Officer, Todd Young stated,

We are delighted to welcome Elin Group to our family of customers and announce this order – the second booked since the relaunch of De Havilland Canada in June this year. 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.”

Source: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited


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