De Havilland Gains Uptick in Popularity

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LONDON – Canadian company De Havilland Component Solutions witnessed momentum in Asia and Europe with agreements being inked. 

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited announced on 21 July that they are seeing business movements after the signing of the company’s Component Solutions Program or DCS Program, whereby agreements are signed with Air Niugini, the flag carrier of Papua New Guinea Limited and Britain’s regional airline Flybe Limited. 

As stated in the contracts, the Canadian manufacturer will manage the MRO service (maintenance, repair and overhaul) for the airline’s Dash 8-400 aircraft. This will give airlines a better working relationship with De Havilland Canada being an OEM, and also the possibility of a technological spill-over to the airlines, which is beneficial for their maintenance capabilities. 

Air Niugini

Papua New Guinea is often associated with isolationism, and its overlooked aviation industry gives De Havilland Canada an advantage.

In fact, the country’s aviation program does present many opportunities for western companies to grow in the country, as their aviation industry often needs assistance. Thus, this poses an opportunity for MRO providers, similar to the DCS programme. 

Air Niugini, is proud in its service as Papua New Guinea’s national airline. The airline inked a 5-year long contract with the Canadian OEM’s DCS agreement to support 3 Dash 8-400 regional turboprops. 23 domestic airports are served by Air Niugini, forming an important lifeline for the country. The airline also serves 9 international destinations, in Asia, Oceana and Australia. 


Flybe, was once a regional powerhouse in Western Europe. It went bankrupt in 2020 and relaunched in April 2021. The airline will operate from its base in the UK and fly throughout the European Union.

Flybe has an agreement with De Havilland DCS’s program to support 32 Dash 8-400 aircraft. 

Vice President, Aftermarket and Business Development, De Havilland Canada Leighton Storsley, said: “We are delighted to welcome Air Niugini and Flybe to our De Havilland Component Solutions Program, and we look forward to supporting the airlines’ operations well into the future.”

“Our highly customizable DCS program continues to be the leader in power-by-the-hour solutions for the Dash 8-400 fleet and is designed to allow operators to focus on other key business activities while we take care of their component management requirements.”

“Our program, which also provides access to our technical teams’ expertise in warranty administration, planning and supplier management, provides the cost predictability that is a critical part of airline management.”

What is the De Havilland Component Solutions (DCS) Program? 

The DCS program is built to provide assistance to Dash 8-400 operators – to offer the most cost-effective repair solutions globally and supports operators with access hundreds of spare parts and components. The programme will also aid operators in their goals, wheter it be cost-effectiveness or even reaching environmental goals. 

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