Historical Timeline

With over 40 years of being in business, Viking has a lot of stories to tell. From our humble beginnings as a maintenance and aircraft repair company to our purchase of the original type certificates of the Twin Otter, and everything between, we’re proud to be a part of Canada’s aviation history.

  • First flight of the DHC-6 Twin Otter
    1965First flight of the De Havilland Aircraft of Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, May 20, 1965.
  • First Twin Otter delivered to the Ontario Government
    1966The first (of many) Twin Otter delivered to the Ontario Government for Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) use in remote regions on wheels, wheel/skis and floats.
  • 1970Viking Air Limited established as an aircraft maintenance and repair company at Victoria International Airport in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada with a focus on the seaplane and utility aircraft markets.
  • A DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft on the tarmac
    1976500th DHC-6 Twin Otter delivered to Metroflight of Houston, Texas for commuter airline use.
  • Strut
    1983Viking selected as the exclusive spare parts manufacturer and distributor for the out-of-production DHC-2 Beaver and DHC-3 Otter utility aircraft. Engineering drawings and tooling transferred from Downsview to Sidney, BC.
  • Dark green DHC-6 Twin Otter on the ground
    1988The De Havilland Canada factory delivers its last DHC-6 Twin Otter. The Twin Otter became the largest-selling 19-passenger utility turboprop aircraft in its class with a total of 844 Twin Otters manufactured in Downsview for delivery to customers in 76 countries.
  • Three amphibious Beaver aircraft parked on grass
    1997Viking hosts a Golden Anniversary fly-in in Victoria, BC celebrating the 50th anniversary of the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.
  • 2005Viking purchases assets of Bombardier's Commercial Service Centre (CSC) including the Product Support and Spare Parts business for the DHC-6 Twin Otter, allowing Viking to work directly with operators for the supply of new parts and technical support.
  • 2006Viking acquires Type Certificates for seven De Havilland legacy aircraft including the DHC-1 Chipmunk, DHC-2 Beaver, DHC-3 Otter, DHC-4 Caribou, DHC-5 Buffalo, and Dash 7. Transfer of the Type Certificates established Viking as the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and provides the exclusive right to re-start production for any of these aircraft.
  • Twin Otter Cockpit
    2007Viking launches the new Twin Otter Series 400 production program, modernizing the original design and featuring a Honeywell Primus Apex glass integrated avionics suite, advanced materials such as a modern composite nose section and more powerful P&WC PT6A-34 turboprop engines.
  • Viking Twin Otter Series 400 first flight
    2008On October 1st, 2008, the proof-of-concept Series 400 technical demonstrator C-FDHT takes its first flight before heading to the National Business Aircraft Association annual convention in Orlando, Florida. Viking also expands its facilities at Victoria International Airport and opens a new warehouse and distribution facility at Calgary International Airport.
  • Two aircraft and several technicians inside a large hangar
    2009Viking develops new manufacturing tooling and parts supply chain to produce new Twin Otter Services 400 aircraft.
  • The first new-built Twin Otter in 22 years makes its initial flight.
    2010On February 16th, the first new-build Twin Otter in 22 years makes its initial flight at Viking's final assembly plant in Calgary, Alberta. Viking delivers its first Twin Otter Series 400 to launch customers Zimex Aviation in July after receiving Transport Canada Type Certification on June 24th.
  • A white Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft on the runway
    2012Viking adds US FAA and Russian IACAR to the growing list of Type Certifications for the Twin Otter Series 400.
  • 2013US Army adds three Series 400 aircraft to their existing fleet of legacy Twin Otters for use by the Golden Knights parachute demonstration team.
  • 50th Twin Otter aircraft being delivered on runway
    2014Viking delivers the 50th Twin Otter Series 400 to MASwings, the regional subsidiary of Malaysian Airlines. The first 50 aircraft were delivered to 22 customers in 17 countries worldwide, and in fiscal 2014 Viking delivers a record 27 production Series 400 aircraft. Pacific Sky Aviation, in partnership with Viking, order world's first Twin Otter Level "D" Simulator / Seaplane Trainer from TRU Simulation + Training (formerly Mechtronix).
  • Viking 50th Anniversary logo
    2015Viking Air Limited hosts an "All Operator's Forum" in Victoria, BC to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Twin Otter aircraft.
  • Aerial firefighter dropping water on forest fire
    2016Viking purchases the manufacturing and design rights to the Bombardier CL-415, CL-215 & CL-215T Amphibious Aircraft program. Viking also delivers the 100th Twin Otter Series 400, just six years after the initial flight. In recognition of the Twin Otter’s role in remote locations, the wing ribs of the 100th aircraft were taken to towns in Canada’s Northwest Territory to be signed by residents.
  • 'Canada 100th' logo on fuselage of aircraft
    2017Viking launches the CL-415EAF upgrade program, giving aerial firefighting operators the opportunity to modify older CL-215 aircraft with turboprop engines, increased tank capacity and modern avionics. Viking's sister company, Longview Aviation Asset Management, also launches lease financing for new Twin Otter and CL-415EAF purchases, and Viking's other sister company Pacific Sky puts the world's first full motion level-D float plane simulator into operation with the new Twin Otter simulator in Calgary.