De Havilland Aircraft announced today that Elin Group Limited has signed a firm purchase agreement for three Dash 8-400 aircraft.
Headquartered in Nigeria, Elin Group has business interests in real estate development, power generation, agricultural development, gas utilisation, mining, maritime operations and the aviation sector.
“The Dash 8-400 aircraft’s speed, comfort and versatility superbly meet our requirements as we look at opportunities to support Nigeria’s resource sector, particularly for oil and gas operations,” said Caroline Pritheesh, managing director of Elin Group.
“The Dash 8-400 turboprop has been operating in Nigeria with other carriers and we have seen how this aircraft can support our diverse operational requirements.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with De Havilland Canada as we look forward to expanding our business with the impressive capabilities of the Dash 8-400 aircraft.”
Todd Young, COO, De Havilland Canada, said: “We are delighted to welcome Elin Group to our family of customers and to announce this order – the second booked since the relaunch of De Havilland Canada in June this year.
“Propelled by the excitement generated by the transition of the Dash 8 aircraft program to De Havilland Canada, our Sales and Marketing teams are focusing their attention on building a pipeline of orders to further increase our backlog and reconfirm the Dash 8-400 aircraft’s position as the world’s most advanced and most productive turboprop.
“Africa continues to be a showcase market for the Dash 8-400 where the aircraft’s speed, hot and high performance and higher payload capabilities bring significant advantages to new markets within the continent.”