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Longview Aviation Capital acquires Dash 8/Q400 programme from Bombardier

Posted 12 November 2018

Canadian aircraft manufacturer Longview Aviation Capital Corp., parent company to Viking Air Ltd, has agreed to acquire, through an affiliate, the entire Dash 8 programme including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Q400 programme from Bombardier Inc.


Courtesy Longview Aviation Capital Corp

Also included as part of the transaction are rights to the de Havilland name and trademark in an all-Canadian transaction.

Once completed, Longview will become North America’s largest commercial turbo-prop aircraft manufacturer.

“The Dash 8 turbo-prop is the perfect complement to our existing portfolio of specialised aircraft including the Twin Otter and the Canadair CL 215 and 415 series of water bombers,” said David Curtis, CEO of Longview Aviation Capital Corp. “We see enormous value in the de Havilland Dash 8 program, with these aircraft in demand and in use all around the world.”

As part of the agreement, Longview will receive all assets and intellectual property and Type Certificates associated with the Dash 8 programme. Upon the closing of the transaction, Longview will also assume responsibility for the worldwide product support business – covering more than 1,000 aircraft either currently in service or slated for production.

Longview will continue to independently operate the program at the original de Havilland manufacturing site located at Downsview, Ontario upon closing of the transaction. The Downsview site was sold by Bombardier earlier this year but, under the terms of a lease with the new owners and a license from Bombardier, production will remain on-site until at least 2021.  As part of the transaction Longview also looks forward to welcoming Bombardier employees currently associated with the production, support and sales of the Dash 8 programme. 

“We are committed to a business-as-usual approach that will see no interruption to the production, delivery and support of these outstanding aircraft,” added Curtis. “With the entire de Havilland product line reunited under the same banner for the first time in decades, we look forward to working with customers, suppliers and employees upon close of the transaction to determine what opportunities lie ahead.”

Longview and Bombardier will work closely in the period until the closing of the transaction to ensure a seamless transition for employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders with no interruption in production, delivery and support of the aircraft. 

This transaction builds on Longview’s established track record of acquiring and successfully operating significant aircraft manufacturing, parts and serving programmes including the Twin Otter programme and the Canadair CL 215 and 415 waterbomber series.

As well as its definitive agreement for the sale of the Q Series aircraft programme and de Havilland trademark to the wholly owned subsidiary of Longview Aviation Capital Corp. for approximately $300 million, Bombardier also announced the sale of its Business Aircraft’s flight and technical training activities to CAE and the monetisation of royalties for approximately $800 million.

Both transactions are expected to close by the second half of 2019, following the usual regulatory approvals.

 

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