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NAC to be launch customer for De Havilland Canada’s overhead bin extension

Nordic Aviation Capital: overhead bin extension

Nordic Aviation Capital will be the launch customer for De Havilland Canada’s Classic Overhead Bin Extension Solution for the Dash 8-400 aircraft, it has been announced.

Under this agreement, De Havilland Canada will be the exclusive supplier of all future Dash 8-400 aircraft classic bin extension modifications for Nordic Aviation Capital’s fleet.

De Havilland Canada specifically designed the overhead bin extension to accommodate standard roll-aboard bags, thereby reducing the need for gate check service, and greatly improving airline efficiency and passenger comfort.

Following each modification, the bins will feature more baggage volume, a larger door opening, a new door with NextGen latches, and will offer a consistent look-and-feel with newer Dash 8-400 aircraft interiors. Each bin also retains the robust design features that have been proven over millions of flights and will now accommodate two standard 22in Travelpro bags per bin section.

The bin extension solution is currently being developed with De Havilland Canada’s supplier Safran Interiors.

“Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in customer carry-on bags as well as an expansion in bag sizes. Having a new configuration that is able to meet these needs is very exciting for us and our customers,” said Tom Turley, chief operating officer, Nordic Aviation Capital.

“The Classic Overhead Bin Extension will allow those boarding and departing the aircraft to store and access their belongings with ease, improving overall gate-time and efficiency for passengers and airlines.”

Separately, the company has signed service agreements with Maldivian that will provide A and C check maintenance interval extensions, as well as Enhanced Structural Inspection Requirements (ESIR) for the airline’s fleet of 10 Dash 8-200 and Dash 8-300 aircraft. Maldivian, owned and operated by Island Aviation Services, is the national airline of the Maldives.

The extension will increase the A Check intervals from 500 to 800 flight hours and the C Check intervals 5,000 up to 8,000 flight hours and multiples.

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