De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited ("De Havilland Canada") announced today that it has enhanced support for operators of Dash 8 Series aircraft by entering into an agreement with Mediterranean Aviation Company Limited ("Medavia"), whereby Medavia will become a De Havilland Canada Authorized Service Facility (ASF). Under the ASF agreement, which takes effect immediately, Medavia will offer heavy check maintenance services from its facilities located in Malta.

"As the fleet of commercial aircraft continues to grow in the Middle East and Africa, we are pleased to be working with De Havilland Canada to extend our MRO activities to cover the Dash 8 Series turboprops," said Mohamed Dau, Managing Director, Medavia. "Dash 8 turboprops have proven to be rugged and reliable aircraft and perform admirably at the most challenging airports in the Middle East and Africa, so we look forward to adding them to our maintenance portfolio and increasing our support to operators in the region."

"As a seasoned MRO provider, Medavia is ideally positioned to offer maintenance services to the increasing number of operators in Africa and the Middle East from its strategic position in Malta," said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada. "The company's experience supporting the oil and gas industry and operating at remote airfields provides the first-hand knowledge that will be of great benefit to our operators. We are very excited to welcome Medavia to our network of Authorized Service Facilities.

"The fleet of Dash 8 Series turboprops in the Middle East and Africa continues to grow and we anticipate this to be a market that will continue to select the cost-efficient Dash 8-400 aircraft based on its hot and high performance characteristics, higher payload than its competitors, and potential to develop under-served markets where there is now little or no air connectivity," added Mr. Young.

De Havilland Canada's global network of Authorized Service Facilities for the Dash 8 Series aircraft includes Jazz Technical Services, Halifax, Canada; Flybe, Exeter, United Kingdom; SAMCO, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Ethiopian Airlines, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; GMR Aero Technic, Hyderabad, India; Hawker Pacific, Cairns, Australia; and Falcon Aviation Services, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- announced earlier this week.