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BOMBARDIER'S NEW DASH 8 'B' MODELS INTRODUCED AT FARNBOROUGH

 BOMBARDIER'S NEW DASH 8 'B' MODELS INTRODUCED AT FARNBOROUGH
 FARNBOROUGH, U.K. Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The newest generation of the de Havilland Dash 8 regional airliner family introduced at the Farnborough Air Show today represents Bombardier's commitment to continuous development and improvement that will keep the aircraft in the forefront of the industry, company officials say.
 Tom Appleton, executive vice president of the Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division, which markets and supports the de Havilland Dash 8 family and the Canadair Regional Jet, says the new "B" models of the popular Dash 8 Series 100 and 300, and the new Series 200, create new configurations that will provide airlines with more flexibility than ever before. The new models incorporate improved performance with increased payload/range and lower interior noise levels. In addition, all members of the Dash 8 family now offer expanded crosswind and tailwind envelope, vibration reduction and optional Category IIIa capability.
 Austria's Tyrolean Airways, with its challenging airfield and terrain requirements, in addition to the expanded customer service and provisioning necessary to be competitive in the European market, is the launch customer for both Series 100B and 300B models. Three 300Bs -- one new and two retrofitted aircraft -- are currently entering service with the airline and the first 100B will be delivered next January.
 "These new models will make our customer airlines even more competitive, providing unmatched dispatch flexibility, expanded market reach and improved passenger comfort," says Appleton. "Airlines in the 1990s have to be even more productive, maximizing their investment. The series 100B, 200B, and 300B, in addition to the "A" versions of these aircraft, will help operators achieve those goals."
 All three series "B" models integrate recent -- and imminent -- product improvements into a standard configuration that also will offer reduced vibration and noise levels through Tuned Vibration Absorbers (TVAs). These frame-mounted dampers will produce a substantial improvement -- up to 4.5 dBA -- to interior noise levels. And as a result of a recent dedicated flight test program, the crosswind capability of all models has been expanded up to 36 kts.
 The 37/39-passenger Series 100B is powered by two Pratt and Whitney Canada PW 121 engines, rather than the PW 12OAs in use on the Series 100 and 1OOA. This increases take-off power to 2,150 shaft horse power from 2,000 shp, creating better airfield and climb performance at equivalent weights. Additionally, the maximum take-off weight has been increased to 36,300 lb. from the 34,500 lb. standard on the previous models, and maximum zero fuel weight has increased to 32,000 lb. from 31,000 lb. Payload has increased by 950 lb, and range by 300 mm.
 The 50/56-passenger Series 300B is powered by PW 123B engine, offering increased take-off power, 2,500 shp compared to the 2,380 shp available previously. This power increase will provide better airfield performance at equivalent weights. The optional High Gross Weight option on the Series 300A is standard on the 300B. The new model also provides an increased tailwind component (to 20 kts).
 The recently introduced 300-knot Dash 8 series 200 (announced at the Singapore Air Show last February) is identical in size to the Series 100, but will offer an increase in cruise speed of more than 30 kts, plus increased payload/range capabilities.
 The Series 200A will be powered by PW123C engines, allowing airlines to increase range or operating radius while maintaining operating economics virtually identical to the Series 100. It will also provide greater commonality with the Series 300 to reduce maintenance and inventory costs in mixed-fleet operations.
 The Series 200B will be powered by PW 123D engines, and will offer increased hot-and-high performance - 3,500 lb. mor payload at 5,000 feet and ISA +30-degree conditions. The single-engine ceiling is raised to 16,000 feet, expanding the payload capabilities for airlines operating in mountainous terrain or climatic extremes.
 "We are committed to constantly improving the Dash 8 family," Appleton says. "It became the world's favorite turboprop because de Havilland has continuously improved a great product. We plan to make sure the Dash 8 maintains its position as the turboprop airliner of choice for the world's leading carriers."
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