Orlando, Florida, November 1st, 2016: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has sold its first Series 400 Twin Otter to the government of Panama for use by its Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) Air Group based in Cocoli, Panama. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks, and will be utilized to support the agency’s humanitarian aid missions throughout the country.
The Series 400 will be the first Twin Otter to be introduced to SENAN’s operational fleet, and will be integral to the successful development of services the agency provides to the Panamanian population.
David Caporali, Viking’s regional sales director for Latin America, commented, “SENAN is excited to be adding the Series 400 Twin Otter to their operational capacity, where its performance and amazing versatility will be put to good use on the many short-field airstrips common in the region.”
The Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) Air Group is responsible for indoctrination, training, coordination and monitoring air operations for compliance with the State’s mission to protect life, honor, property and other rights and freedoms of individuals within the Republic of Panama. SENAN is renowned for its professionalism and high operational performance, and is comprised of Airlift Squadron, Helicopter Squadron, and Air Training unit.
Headquartered in Victoria, BC, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft support and services, and the manufacturer of the world-renowned Series 400 Twin Otter. Viking is the Original Type Certificate holder for all out-of-production de Havilland aircraft, from the DHC-1 Chipmunk through the DHC-7, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing for the legacy de Havilland fleet.
In 2007 Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and to date over 125 new aircraft have been sold to 29 countries worldwide, averaging a production rate of one new aircraft delivered every 15 business days.
In October 2016, Viking completed the acquisition of Bombardier’s amphibious aircraft program, including transfer of the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the CL-215, CL-215T, CL-415 aircraft and all variants to Viking. In addition to the Type Certificates, Viking has also assumed responsibility for product support, parts and service for the fleet of 170 water bombers currently in operation around the world.
Viking is managed by Longview Aviation Capital, and forms part of the portfolio of a prominent Canadian family office investment firm which maintains a long-term investment horizon and is one of the leading investors in the Canadian aviation industry.