The “de Havilland Dash 8” was launched in 1980 as a larger successor to the highly successful Twin Otter and a more fuel-efficient and advanced technological alternative to the Dash 7. It is built as rugged, reliable aircraft for high-frequency and short-haul regional airline operations with its unique STOL capability.
The first flight for Dash 8-100 was on June 29 1983 and it entered service in December 1984 with Torontair in Canada.
The 50 to 56 seat version series 300 was launched in 1986 as a higher-capacity alternative to the 100.
In 1995 the Dash 8-400 rolled-out. This aircraft with increased speed and range was built for 70 to 78 passengers.
Bombardier de Havilland Dash 8s is now called 8Qs and Q stands for Quiet as the aircrafts is equipped with special sound suppressing devices.