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DE HAVILLAND PROPOSES NEW DASH 8 SERIES 200

 DE HAVILLAND PROPOSES NEW DASH 8 SERIES 200
 SINGAPORE, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- De Havilland has announced that


the Dash 8 Series 200 is expected to be launched following completion of the acquisition of the company by Bombardier Inc. (TSE: BBD.B), from the Boeing Company (NYSE: BA).
 The announcement at Asian Aerospace, the biennial international air show at Singapore, said the Series 200 would expand the capabilities of the Dash 8 family of aircraft and provide airlines with greater operating flexibility than offered by any other manufacturer.
 "The Dash 8 Series 200 will carry more payload, farther and faster, and in more demanding conditions, than any aircraft in its size range," said W. Daniel Heidt, president of de Havilland. "Its hot-and-high performance will be exceptional, and its operational flexibility and economics will provide airlines with unmatched dispatch options to meet their ever changing requirements."
 The Series 200 could enter service as early as July 1993. A preliminary technical definition has been developed, and will be refined through discussions now underway with potential customers.
 It would be identical in size to the 37/39-passenger Series 100, but would offer uprated engines, 300-knot cruise speeds, increased single- engine operational capability and increased commonality with the 50/56- passenger Series 300.
 Increased commonality would mean economic advantages for operators in the areas of spares inventory, ground support equipment, product support, maintenance and support and flight crew rating and training.
 Propulsion would be provided by a derated version of the PW123 engine from the Series 300, common propellers, common nacelle components, the Series 300A autofeather system and common instrumentation.
 The Series 200(HP) would offer increased hot and high performance and increased single-engine ceiling (to more than 16,000 feet). These features will be of great benefit to airlines operating in mountainous terrain and climatic extremes.
 The Dash 8 family of aircraft now has more than 300 aircraft in service with 57 operators in 21 countries. To date, orders total 379.
 It was announced last month that Bombardier Inc. and the government of the Province of Ontario, had reached an agreement with the Boeing Company to purchase de Havilland. The purchase is expected to close in the near future.
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 /CONTACT: John Davy of de Havilland, 416-375-3030/
 (BBD. BA) CO: de Havilland; Bombardier Inc.; The Boeing Company ST: Ontario IN: ARO SU: PDT


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