Aurora (HZ, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with De Havilland Aircraft of Canada for the purchase of five Dash 8-400s. The ceremony took place during the Dubai Airshow 2019.

A unit of Aeroflot Group, Aurora specialises in flights throughout Russia's remote Far East and does so using a fleet of five owned Dash 8-400s alongside three DHC-6-400s, two Dash 8-200s, three Dash 8-300s, and ten A319-100s.

“We are very excited about the expansion of our fleet to include additional Dash 8-400 aircraft,” Konstantin Sukhorebrik, General Director, Aurora, said. “The aircraft’s diverse capabilities and jet-like performance will support our growing network and meet the increasing demands for charter operations. We aim to increase traffic and expand our local, regional and international footprint with the additional aircraft. In the future, we plan on ordering more Dash 8-400 aircraft as we look to streamline our fleet with a harmonised configuration. The opportunity is to increase seat capacity with the new configurations."

According to De Havilland Canada's Chief Operating Officer, Todd Young, the Canadian manufacturer will assist Aurora in its review of funding options ahead of the finalisation of a firm purchase agreement.