Victoria, Canada - Canadian aerospace company Longview temporarily suspended the production of De Havilland Dash 8-400 and Twin Otter series due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Longview is the parent company of De Havilland Canada, the producer of Das-8s and Viking Air, the producer of Twin Otter series aircraft. The company said the move would affect 980 employees in Toronto (Ontario), Victoria (British Columbia), and Calgary (Alberta). This represents 65% of the Toronto workforce, and %40 percent of the Western Canadian workforce.
Longview and its subsidiaries have been in close communication with customers and suppliers over the last several weeks. On the basis of these discussions, and against the backdrop of significantly reduced airline activity, Longview determined that it is necessary to pause all new aircraft production activity at this time. The suspension applies only to new aircraft production,
the company said in a recent press release.
Longview will continue to provide full product support and technical services to its customers.
In November 2018, Longview Aviation Capital Corp. acquired Bombardier's turboprop aircraft division, including the entire QSeries.
The commercial aircraft division of Bombardier was financially in trouble, and the manufacturer sold its CSeries aircraft program to Airbus in July 2018, which rebranded it as the A220.