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DAC Aviation to take delivery of six Grand Caravans

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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.

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.”

Cessna and the Citation’s link to the Kentucky Derby

Cessna Aircraft explained how its line of Citation jets got its name this week as the Kentucky Derby approaches.

The line was named after the Triple Crown racehorse, “Citation.”

In 1948, Citation won the Kentucky Derby, winning by three and a half lengths at Churchill Downs.

The thoroughbred went on to win the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown in 1948.

Citation was well known for the ease in which he handled, with no complications or handling difficulties, Cessna said.

More than 600 general aviation flights are expected to arrive in Louisville this weekend for the Kentucky Derby.

Cessna plans to have Citation aircraft on display at Atlantic Aviation, a fixed base operator at Louisville International Airport.

It also will have a mobile service unit at the airport to provide service if necessary.