Viking Assigns Factory Endorsed Service Centre for Brazil

Nov 19, 2015

Manaus Aerotaxi Participacoes Selected as FESC

Las Vegas, Nevada, November 19th, 2015:  Following an announcement earlier this year welcoming Manaus Aerotaxi Participacoes (MAP) to the Twin Otter Series 400 sales representative network, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, has now selected MAP as a Factory Endorsed Service Centre (FESC) for the Twin Otter aircraft in Brazil.  Under Viking’s FESC program, MAP (based in Manaus, Amazonas) will be responsible for providing authorized maintenance services to civilian DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft customers in Brazil.

With 20 years of experience operating and maintaining their own fleet of regional aircraft, MAP’s demonstrated maintenance service capabilities will be an asset to new customers of the Series 400 Twin Otter in-country.  MAP’s central location in the heart of the Amazon rain forest has them well positioned to service customers in remote areas of Northern Brazil, where the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft will become an important connector for operators providing essential air transportation to areas lacking infrastructure development.

Certification of the Twin Otter Series 400 by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil is expected in the first calendar quarter of 2016, and is an integral factor in moving forward with the FESC.  The Brazilian market is predicted to expand rapidly once Type certification is received, so establishing a qualified maintenance facility capable of servicing a large fleet was key during the FESC selection process.

“MAP is a well-known and well respected operator in Northern Brazil who have continued to prove their commitment to the Twin Otter Series 400 program,” commented David Caporali, Viking’s regional sales director for Latin America.  “Not only did they join the Series 400 sales representative network earlier this year, but now they’re offering to provide reliable maintenance services to Twin Otter operators in the country.  We are excited to work with such a respected organization to bring the Twin Otter Series 400 to the people of Brazil.”

Despite recent economic instability in Brazil, MAP’s confidence in the Series 400 Twin Otter as the perfect transportation solution for the region has led them to sign an LOI for the purchase of a Series 400 to operate from their base in Manaus.

“Having an aircraft at our facility will not only enhance our operation, but also allow us to show potential customers the unique capabilities of the Series 400 Twin Otter, and how well it performs in our extreme environment,” said Marcos Pacheco, CEO of MAP.  He added, “We are looking forward to having the Series 400 join our operation.”

About Manaus Aerotaxi Participacoes:

In business for nearly two decades, Manaus Aerotaxi has established itself as one of the most important companies in the Brazilian aviation industry, and the largest in the Northern region of the country.  Centrally located at the Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus, Amazonas, MAP operates air taxi service to jungle-bound cities throughout the equatorial region of South America.

 

About Viking Air Limited:

Headquartered in Victoria, BC, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft 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, DHC-1 through the DHC-7, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing and product support for the legacy de Havilland fleet. In 2007, Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and to date new Viking aircraft have sold to 30 countries worldwide.

In 2016, Viking acquired the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the Canadair CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415 aircraft. With this transfer, Viking assumed responsibility for all product support for the global fleet of 170 aerial firefighters.

Viking is managed by Longview Aviation Capital and forms part of the portfolio of a prominent Canadian family investment firm that maintains a long-term investment horizon and is one of the leading investors in the Canadian aviation industry.

Information Contact

Robert Mauracher
Viking Air Ltd.
Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Phone: +1.250.656.7227

Media Contact

Angela Murray
Viking Air Ltd.
Corporate Communications
Phone: +1.250.656.7227

 

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