De Havilland Aircraft of Canada (De Havilland Canada) has released that Aero Transporte S.A. (ATSA) has signed a firm agreement for a Dash 8-400 freighter conversion with a large cargo door (Dash 8-400 F-LCD). With this agreement, ATSA has become the first South American operator of Dash 8-400 aircraft to join De Havilland Canada’s cargo solutions programme and ATSA’s Dash 8-400 F-LCD aircraft will be the first one operating on the continent. ATSA currently operates two Dash 8-400 aircraft from its base in Peru to support the mining sector.
“As an experienced operator of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, we have first-hand knowledge of its outstanding performance capability to support our expanding cargo operations in Peru’s mining sector. Our country’s complex geography that includes arid coastal plains, the Andean mountains and the rain forests of the Amazon basin, make the Dash 8-400 aircraft the ideal choice for this type of operation,” said Carlos Cueva, President, ATSA.