PERTH, AUSTRALIA -- Australian regional operator Cobham expands its fleet to meet the growing air travel demand for remote places in Australia. This week, the airline added its seventh Dash 8-400 turboprop registered VH-IYZ.

This is the 12th new aircraft to join Cobham’s Regional Services fleet over the past two years.

Cobham Regional Services Managing Director, Claude Alviani, said that Cobham had soared into 2022, welcoming new clients, flying new routes for existing clients, and extending contracts with key clients in both South Australia and Western Australia.

“One of the things we love about the Dash 8-400 is that it can fly 30% faster and 40% farther than conventional turboprops, offering faster turnaround times and greater productivity,” 

said Alviani.

“Many of our operations are flying into newly constructed, unsealed airstrips. Our growing fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft is perfect for these regional sites, and able to carry 14 more passengers than any other turboprop.

Cobham currently operates six Dash 8-400s and five Embraer E190s

Cobham's fleet growth will continue with the addition of another E190 and Q400 due to arrive before the end of June and more planned in the second quarter of 2022.