The early numbers are in on the 70-passenger de Havilland Dash 8-400A, and they are impressive. Direct operating costs are expected to be a mere five to six cents per available seat mile over a 400-mile leg. It also is expected to do up to 1,000 miles out of Denver on an ISA+30C day with a full passenger load-not that anyone would want to do that. Climb to 25,000 feet from sea level on a standard day is pegged at 15 to 16 minutes. The A-model, at 70 passengers, is designed for the ...
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