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Bombardier Dash 8 Series 400
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
RoleRegional Airliners
First FlightJune 20, 1983
Entered Service1984
Number built1,179+
Technical data
EnginesTwo Pratt & Whitney Pratt & Whitney PW150A turboprop engines
PowerClick here to enter text. kW (each)Click here to enter text. shp(each)
OWEN/A kgN/A lb
MTOGW29,260 kg 64,500 lb
Range2,522 km1,362 nm
Capacity78 pax




Commercial models

Series 100

Original 37–39 passenger version that entered service in 1984. The original engine was the PW120A, later units used the PW121. Rated engine power is 1,800 shp (1,340 kW). Model years include the DHC-8-101 (1984 variant, PW120 or PW120A engines and a 33,000 lb (15,000 kg) MTOGW), DHC-8-102 (1986 variant, PW120A or PW121 engines and a 34,500 lb (15,650 kg) MTOGW), DHC-8-103 (1987 variant, PW121 engines and a 34,500 lb (15,650 kg) MTOGW) and DHC-8-106 (1992 variant, PW121 engines and a 36,300 lb (16,450 kg) MTOGW.

Series 200

The Series 200 have the Series 100 airframe with more powerful PW123 engines (rated at 2,150 shp or 1,600 kW) for improved performance also capable of carrying 37 to 39 passengers. Submodels include the DHC-8-201 (1995 variant, PW123C engines), DHC-8-202 (1995 variant, PW123D engines) and Q200 (version of the DHC-8-200 with the ANVS system).

Series 300

The Series 300 was stretched 3.43 metres (11.3 ft) over the Series 100/200, a 50–56 passenger version that entered service in 1989. The Q300 is powered by the PW123 or PW123B or PW123E, rated at 2,380–2,500 shp or 1,774–1,864 kW. DHC-8-301 (1989 variant, PW123 engines), DHC-8-311 (1990 variant, PW123A engines with revised Heath Tecna interior), DHC-8-314 (1992 variant powered by two PW123B engines, DHC-8-315 (1995 variant powered by two PW123E engines), DHC-8-300A (version of the DHC-8-300 with increased payload), and Q300 (version of the DHC-8-300 with the ANVS system).

Series 400

Introduced in 1999, de Series 400 offers seating for a maximum of 68 passengers. Submodels include the DHC-8-401 (1999 variant with a maximum of 70 passengers), DHC-8-402 (1999 variant with a maximum of 78 passengers). The Q400 - introduced in 2000 - is a major development, offering a stretched and improved fuselage for 70–78 passengers. Powered by PW150A engines rated at 5,071 shp (3,781 kW) at maximum power (4,850 shp or 3,620 kW maximum continuous rated), the maximum operating altitude is 25,000 ft (7,600 m) for the standard version, although a version with drop-down oxygen masks is offered, which increases maximum operating altitude to 27,000 ft (8,200 m). All Q400s include the ANVS system. The Q400NextGen version of the Q400 has updated cabins, lighting, windows, overhead bins, landing gear, as well as reduced fuel and maintenance costs. In 2016, Bombardier began offering the Q400 NextGen in a 90 passenger high density variant.

Military models


Military transport version for the Canadian Forces in Europe.


Military navigation training version for the Canadian Armed Forces.

E-9 Widget

A US Air Force range control aircraft equipped with AN/APS-143(V)1 radar that operates out of Tyndall AFB, Florida to ensure that the overwater military ranges in the Gulf of Mexico are clear of civilian boats and aircraft during live fire tests of air-launched missiles and other hazardous military activities. An E-9 can detect a person in a life raft in the water up to 25 miles away.


Maritime patrol version, equipped with belly mounted Thales Ocean Master 400 360-degree search radar, Thales Chlio FLIR turret and RWR system.


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