Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has confirmed it will partner with Canadian regional carrier Air Inuit on a passenger-to-freighter conversion for the Dash 8-Q300 turboprop. Modifications include the installation of a large cargo door in the rear fuselage, while the cabin will be reconfigured to carry up to 12,500lb (5,670kg) of palletised or free load freight.
Christian Busch, Air Inuit’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer commented: “With its excellent airfield performance – especially on gravel runways – the Q300 is well adapted for remote operations like those required to support Canada’s resource industries as well as its northern communities. The type has served us well in our passenger, charter and cargo operations in Nunavik and other markets for many years; we look forward to enhancing our cargo service with three Q300 ‘Large Cargo Door’ freighters.”
Dorval, Québec-based Air Inuit is a long-term operator of the Q300 and has championed the freighter conversion programme. The modifications will be supported by a new supplemental type certificate (STC) that will be developed under license by a specialised third party provider.