Complete Guide for Bombardier Dash 8 Aircraft

A larger and faster Bombardier model than the Dash 7, the Bombardier Dash 8 (DHC-8) is a model of regional airliners that runs on turboprop power to carry up to 90 passengers. This model of aircraft is common among short-haul regional airlines, so this blog will act as your complete guide of all you need to know about the Bombardier DHC-8.


Initially manufactured by de Havilland Canada, the Bombardier Dash 8 was modeled after the Bombardier Dash 7 and boasts improved cruise performance in addition to lower operational costs. In fact, the Dash 8 is overall less expensive to maintain than the Dash 7, making it a popular choice for regional airlines. Although the DHC-8 does not offer the same level of STOL performance as its predecessor, it is extremely versatile with its ability to operate from airports and unpaved runways. This model officially went into service in October of 1984 and quickly gained popularity, which led to Boeing purchasing the design in 1988. It was later sold to Bombardier in 1992 and then resold to Viking Air’s parent company, Longview Aviation Capital, in early 2019.


A few unit designs for the DHC-8 are currently on the market, including the Q200, Q300, and Q400 styles, with prices ranging from $12 million to $32.2 million. Over 1,200 DHC-8 aircraft have been produced and they remain on the market today. All unit designs offer room for a 2 person cockpit crew; however, they offer increased capacities for cabin crew and passengers. As the Q400 is the largest model, it has a maximum capacity of 90 people total, while the Q300 can hold 56 people and the Q200 can hold 40 people at capacity. While all designs are popular, each offers its own unique statistics that help inform which design to use for specific applications. A few key specifications for each are as follows:


The Q200 is the smallest Bombardier DHC-8 design, and it has a length of 73 feet and a height of 24 feet 7 inches. Its wingspan is 90 feet across and it operates on 2 PW123C/D engines. The Q200 reaches its ceiling at 25,000 feet. When traveling at high speed cruise, this design moves at 535 km/h.


The Q300 design has a length of 84 feet 3 inches and a height of 24 feet 7 inches. Its wingspan is 90 feet across and it operates on 2 PW123/B/E engines. Like the Q200, the Q300 reaches its ceiling at 25,000 feet. When traveling at high speed cruise, this design moves at 532 km/h.


The Q400 design has a length of 107 feet 9 inches and a height of 27 feet 5 inches. Its wingspan is 93 feet 3 inches across and it operates on 2 PW150 engines. The Q400 reaches its ceiling at 27,000 feet. When traveling at high speed cruise, this aircraft moves at 556–667 km/h.


The Bombardier Dash 8 is a powerful short-haul aircraft with various models on the market for various applications. When you are in the market for premium aviation, electronic, and NSN parts for your aircraft, Paragon Purchasing is your procurement partner! We are an AS9120B, ISO 9001:2015, and FAA AC 00-56B accredited purchasing platform with a Strict No China sourcing policy, so our loyal customers continuously rely on us to offer high-caliber products and efficient services. We invite you to browse our ever-expanding inventory of over 2 billion new, used, obsolete, and hard-to-find parts until you find an item that fits your needs. Then, simply fill out a Request for Quote form on any part to receive an Instant Quote within 15 minutes of form submission. As an ASAP Semiconductor owned and operated platform, we are available around-the-clock to assist you in your purchases, so contact us today via phone or email and find out why loyal customers rely on us time and time again!


November 20, 2023

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