Wasaya Welcomes World’s First Dash 8-100 Package Freighter to its Fleet
Wasaya announced an exciting addition to their fleet, the World’s first Dash 8-100 Package Freighter (PF).
The Dash 8-100PF is a converted passenger to freighter aircraft.The conversion has been accomplished by Voyageur Aviation Corp. of North Bay, Ontario.
Voyageur designed the Dash 8-100PF to offer an economically sound option in the regional aircraft freight market.With a 10,000 lb payload, the aircraft
moves more cargo, faster and at a lower unit cost than other freight aircraft operating in the region.
According to Michael Rodyniuk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wasaya, the addition of the Dash 8-100PF is an innovative game changer and an
essential strategic advantage for Wasaya in our new business model.
“The Dash 8 100PF is built and converted in Canada, designed for rugged environmentod Canada and perfectly suited to move cargo into and out of our remote
communities with short, unimproved, gravel airfields.This cost-effective program of developing DHC-8 100 passenger aircraft and converting it into an effective
Cargo aircraft with great range, payload and operational efficiency has given Wasaya a unique competitive advantage, helping with the mission to improve the
quality of life for the people living in communities we serve by reducing the cost of delivering essential goods like groceries, fuels and building materials, into
the Canadian North.”
The official unveiling and presentation of the aircraft took place on Thursday April 20th at Voyageur Aviation Corp. in North Bay, Ontario beginning at .
The aircraft is completing final regulatory approval from Transport Canada and will be delivered to Thunder Bay in May.This is the first of two Dash 8-100PF’s
Wasaya will add to their fleet this summer.
Celebrating its 27th year in operation, Wasaya Airways is proud to be a 100% First Nations owned airline and the leading provider of quality air transportation
services to more than 25 communities throughout Ontario, and soon Manitoba.
Wasaya serves 25 destinations in Northwestern Ontario with 60 daily flights and employs 350+ employees, of which over one third are First Nation.