De Havilland Canada Dash 8

Air Charter Services on the de Havilland Canada DCH-8

Air Charter Advisors offers passenger & cargo services on the de Havilland Canada DHC-8, commonly known as the Dash 8, a series of regional turboprop airliners introduced in 1984.

De Havilland Canada DHC-8

The Dash 8 entered service during an advantageous time, when older regional airliners from the 1950’s and 1960’s were being replaced nearing retirement, and most airlines were expanding their fleets as the industry took off throughout 1980’s. Sales figures were high, to the point that De Havilland Canada could not keep up with demand. The DHC-8’s certificate was briefly owned by Boeing in the late 80’s, and acquired by Bombardier in 1992, renaming them all as their Q-Series turboprops.

Production of the Series 100 ended in 2005, with the -200 and -300 series coming to an end in 2009, leaving the Q400 as the only model still in production. A total of 671 Dash 8 classics were produced, with the the final delivery in 2008. When taking the Q400 into account, there are more than 1,000 models produced, with its 1,000th delivery in 2010.


There are 4 main variants of the Dash 8; the 100, 200, and 300 series, which together are considered “Dash classics”, and the current 400 series production line. The original 100 was introduced as a 37-39-passenger version of the Dash 8, with freighter conversions offering a payload capacity of up to 10,000 lb.

The 200 maintained the same airframe and passenger layout, but offered improved performance and more powerful engines. The 300 introduced an airframe stretched by 11 ft to accommodate up to 56 passengers, with the Q300 offering an Active Noise and Vibration Suppression system. Bombardier continued offering a cargo version of the 300, the Bombardier Dash-8-300, offering a maximum payload of 13,500 lbs with a cargo cabin measuring 77″ H x 97″ W x  675″ L.

The 400 stretched the airframe by another 22.4 ft over the 300 to accommodate 68 passengers, with high-density versions available. Pratt & Whitney Canada engines offer 2.5 times the power of the 100, cruising at speeds up to 667 km/h (360 knots)

Key Features

De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Specifications

The specs listed below are a range from lowest to highest between the Q200, Q300, and Q400 models.



De Havilland Dash 8 Air Charter Services

Air Charter Advisors offers access to passenger & cargo air charter services on the De Havilland Dash 8. Request a quote or call our air cargo brokers directly at +1 (888) 987-5387.

* Specifications are based on common models and may vary based on model, variant, modifications, and other factors. Please call or email us with the dimensions and payload of your cargo. Pictures are for example only. The age, color, interior layout, hourly rates, specifications, dimensions may all vary between aircraft. All images copyrighted and provided courtesy of de Havilland unless noted otherwise.