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DAC Aviation International receives first of six new Cessna Grand Caravan Ex planes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, May 3, 2013, at 8:30 p.m.

DAC Aviation International, based in Montreal, has taken delivery of the first of six Cessna Grand Caravan Ex aircraft to be delivered over the next six months, the company said.

DAC’s primary base of operations is the Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.

The new Grand Caravan, which can hold a two-person crew, 10 passengers and cargo, will be based in Nairobi later this month, according to a news release from DAC.

The company serves aid and relief agencies in remote and conflict-affected areas.

Including the six Caravans, DAC’s fleet will total 21 aircraft.

The company was founded in 1993 by Emmanuel Anassis, a bush pilot in Africa, who realized that international relief and aid agencies lacked reliable air transportation services.

Its first client was the United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF.

“Our success depends on our highly-trained and experienced pilots, support crews and, of course, the right aircraft,” Anassis said in a statement. “These are important missions. The welfare of many people depends on our clients’ work. Our job is to get them where they need to go safely and reliably. We go where few others dare.”

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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