Canada’s WestJet Enters De Havilland Component Solutions Program

A WestJet Dash 8-400 passes overhead.
Liam Allport from Lake Country, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – Canadian airline WestJet is now part of the De Havilland Component Solutions Program to better support and streamline care for its regional Dash 8-400 workhorse. 

On December 19 in Alberta, legendary Canadian aircraft manufacturer De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited proudly released a statement that it has inked an agreement between De Havilland Component Solutions Program (“DCS Program”) and WestJet Encore Ltd.

What is the DCS Program?

The DCS Program is an after-service programme provided by De Havilland Aircraft to customers or operators, like WestJet. Importantly the DCS program allows customers who operate the aircraft type to have greater access to a cost-effective and economical solution to repair its aircraft.

De Havilland Aircraft asserts that this programme will be available to other clients around the globe. Moreover, the program is also tailored design to meet the needs of clients all over the world, with low operating costs and emissions. 

The pact between WestJet Encore Ltd and De Havilland Aircraft will allow the Canadian manufacturer to efficiently manage component maintenance, repair and overhaul services for West Jet’s fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft.

Importantly, this will allow the manufacturer’s client to be closer to them by having a centralised exchange pool of spare parts and services. 

Lisa Davis, Vice-President and General Manager, of WestJet Encore stated: “The DCS Program offers the cost predictability that is so important in airline management.”

“We also look forward to benefitting from access to De Havilland Canada’s expertise in warranty administration, planning and supplier management to enhance the operations of our Dash 8-400 aircraft,”

Derived from what Davis said, this will inevitably help the Canadian airline to better manage its inventory and streamline its maintenance process, which will in the longer term lower operational costs. 

Leighton Storsley, Vice President, Aftermarket and Business Development, De Havilland Canada stated: “With the addition of WestJet to the DCS Program, our support to the fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft in North America is significantly increased and includes the two largest operators on the continent.”

Storseley furthered: “We thank WestJet for affording us this opportunity to manage this aspect of the airline’s component MRO services.”

About WestJet

WestJet is the second largest airline in Canada. It has proudly served the people of Canada for over 2 decades or 26 years to be exact. The airline was launched in 1996 with three aircraft, just over 250 staff members and only 5 destinations.

As of today, the airline operates more than 180 jets, with 14,000 employees and 110 destinations served in 24 countries through North America, South America, Central America, Europe and the Caribbean.

The airline also announced its first Asian destination with services to Japan from Calgary. 

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

A proud Canadian icon, who has delivered more than 5,000 aircraft over the years. The manufacturer is very well established around the world with a talented team of professionals, ranging from engineers to sales teams.

Its flagship the Q400 is one of the most versatile aircraft in the world and provided many lifelines for remote communities globally.

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