The Bombardier de Havilland Dash 8-400 had its maiden flight on 31 January from de Havilland's plant in Downsview, Toronto, under the command of de Havilland chief engineering test pilot Wally Warner and engineering test pilot Barry Hubbard. During the 3h flight, a speed of 200kt (370km/h) was achieved and an altitude of 7,500ft (2,300m). The 70-seat high speed Dash 8 derivative is scheduled to enter service in 1999.

Source: Flight International