Gloucester, United Kingdom – In a move to further enhance its global distribution network and improve the customer experience, Dowty Propellers has launched an e-commerce spare parts site for the R408 propeller system on De Havilland Dash 8-400 regional airliners.

This digital sales portal offers live inventory updates as well as the functionality to place and track orders.

“We are very well-known for manufacturing world-class propellers; we also offer comprehensive servicing, overhaul, maintenance and repair of Dowty propellers all over the world,” explained Henry Johnston, the President of Dowty Propellers. “We aim to provide what the customer wants – whether it is long-term MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) service agreements, hourly rates or even permanent on-site engineers. We’ve listened to feedback from our customers and launched the Dash 8-400 spares portal to deliver a more streamlined customer experience and improved delivery and response times.”

Dowty Propellers is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and type certificate holder for the R408 propeller system that equips the Dash 8-400 – a twin-engine turboprop-powered aircraft flown worldwide by regional airlines and other operators. The R408 propeller system incorporates an advanced swept blade design and optimised airfoil sections, providing excellent climb and cruise performance along with low noise. It also features a fail-safe electronic control system, together with single removable blades which facilitate maintenance.

As part of Dowty Propellers’ digital services initiatives, the company will consider expanding its e-commerce product range in the future, according to Johnston.

  • The Dash 8-400 e-commerce spares portal is accessible at:, and via the Dowty Propellers website.

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As a leader in the development, manufacture and support of electronically controlled, all-composite propeller systems, Dowty Propellers provides solutions for the propulsion needs of today and tomorrow. Its products are used in applications that range from commercial airliners and military airlifters to multi-role seaplanes and marine hovercraft. With a proven record of product development, introduction and support, Dowty Propellers continually invests in technologies, production capabilities and human resources – resulting in propeller systems that are safe, efficient and reliable.  Its history of firsts-to-market includes the all-composite propeller blade and full-authority digital propeller control.  More than 23,000 advanced composite blades have been delivered to date by Dowty Propellers, with the lead blade logging over 45,000 hours of flight time.