Viking Gives Boost to Trans Maldivian Airways Flying Green Fund

Jun 1, 2012

(Courtesy Trans Maldivian Airways, Maldives, June 1st, 2012):  

Viking Air Limited, manufacturer of the 400 Series Twin Otter, held an Operator’s Conference from the 17th – 19th April 2012 and one of the events hosted for participants was a themed gala dinner with a charity auction. The event was well supported with about 400 guests in attendance from all walks of the aviation industry.  David Curtis, Viking president & CEO, had arranged nine original paintings of the de Havilland aircraft family to be auctioned off to raise money for the “Flying Green Fund” which he was exceptionally keen to support after visiting the Maldives in February 2012.

The artwork that was auctioned was produced by a local British Columbia artist, Trisha Oldfield, who splits her time between the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada and the culturally diverse town of Todos Santos, Mexico.  It is these surroundings that influence her work, which usually features animals and water life.  Trisha’s primary medium is acrylic on canvas in which she uses a natural and warm palette to colour her subject matter.  Although she holds a traditional approach to her paintings, her works possess a distinctive contemporary style, a result of her strong background and experience in graphic design.  It is because of this background and style that Trisha was commissioned to paint the de Havilland aircraft in the various backdrops these aircraft became most commonly recognized with.

Prior to the auction, Edward Alsford, Managing Director of Trans Maldivian Airways, was invited to the stage to educate and hype up the audience about the “Flying Green Fund” and the challenges that the Maldives face.

The support that the charity received that night was overwhelming, in a matter of forty-five minutes a staggering $29,750 was raised from nine paintings, the final picture of the 400 Series Twin Otter raised an astonishing $9,500, with the winning bid generously made by Mr. Charles Niforos of Newcal Aviation

Trans Maldivian Airways introduced “The Flying Green Fund” in 2011 and would like to thank Viking Air for donating these unique paintings for auction as well as all the charitable buyers who contributed so generously to “The Flying Green Fund” who in turn have provided the charity with a tremendous boost.

Trans Maldivian Airways firmly believes in the vulnerability and the adverse effects of climate change on the precious and pristine islands of Maldives and its beauty and serenity. Thus the purpose of the “Flying Green Fund” is to engage in environmental projects throughout the Maldives both small and large. “The Flying Green Fund” is currently preparing to embark on a second environmental project in the coming months. 

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.

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

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


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