Aircraft Deliveries and Global Sales Network Continues to Grow
(Santiago, Chile, March 26th, 2012): Following a dynamic Singapore Air Show, Viking launched a Southeast Asia aircraft demonstration tour, the first in its history and a first for the Series 400 Twin Otter. This initial introduction of the Series 400 to the Southeast Asia region was met with enthusiastic receptions from government, military, and commercial operators in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines, prior to the aircraft’s final delivery to Ok Tedi Development Foundation of Papua, New Guinea.
The crew for this historic tour were co-captains Steve Stackhouse and Tony Skelton (Ok Tedi), Viking Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Flight, Donald Galbraith, and Viking vice president Business Development & General Manager Maintenance Repair Organization, Rob Mauracher,
Said Rob Mauracher of the unique tour, ”We brought the Series 400 to Southeast Asia to demonstrate its STOL (Short Take-off & Landing) characteristics, and the aircraft never failed to impress. We went into short dirt and grass landing strips throughout the region, saw some breathtaking vistas, and made new friends along the way.” He added, “We’ve now opened negotiations with 4 new customers, and I cannot say enough about the support and introductions provided by the local Canadian Government Trade Commissioners throughout the region, as their efforts contributed directly to our success.”
In addition to the leads generated by the Southeast Asia tour, the Twin Otter Series 400 international customer list continues to grow with Viking’s delivery to North African operator Petro Air of Libya, who accepted their first Series 400 to be used for supporting in-country oil and gas industry operations.
The second Series 400 to be delivered in South America will be officially handed over to an undisclosed corporate customer at the FIDAE 2012 International Air and Space Fair in Santiago, Chile, where it will be on display before heading to the customer’s base in Lima, Peru. The aircraft has been modified with the installation of a crew and passenger oxygen system to facilitate high altitude operations, where the aircraft will be utilized as a corporate shuttle regularly operating out of airports 13,000 feet above sea level. The oxygen system modification was installed by Viking’s Factory Endorsed Service Center (“FESC”) partner, IKHANA Group in Murrieta, California, and is the first system of its kind to be installed on the Series 400 aircraft.
The next Series 400 slotted for delivery after FIDAE will go to Korfez Aviation of Istanbul, Turkey, who have developed an amphibious float based charter service to support local tourism. The aircraft will be outfitted with a quick change executive interior and forward lavatory installation, the first Series 400 to be configured with these VIP options. The lavatory installation was also installed by Viking’s FESC partner, IKHANA Group.
Rounding out the growing Series 400 Twin Otter worldwide support network, Asian Aerospace Corporation of Manila, Philippines, has been appointed as the first Asian Factory Endorsed Service Center to support the expanding sales presence in Southeast Asia. Asian Aerospace was selected for the FESC program due to their strategic location in the emerging Southeast Asia market, and dedicated service to civilian and military clients. With a large full service maintenance repair organization and qualified work force, they will bring vast industry experience to the Twin Otter Series 400 support network.
Viking launched the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 production program in 2007, and currently has a production backlog estimated at over $350M. Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland heritage line of aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7), and is part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation and real estate sectors.