Viking Readies 100th Production Series 400 Twin Otter for Delivery

Jul 12, 2016

Twin Otter Series 400 Production Program Achieves Significant Milestone

Pictured above: Viking employees install commemorative signed ribs into the wings of Viking's 100th production Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft at the company's corporate headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Farnborough, England, July 12th, 2016:  Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, has disclosed that its 100th production Series 400 Twin Otter, serial number 944, has now flown from its production facilities as part of the completion process in advance of delivery to Viking’s sister company Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.  The aircraft will be utilized as a factory demonstrator, and represents a significant milestone for the Series 400 Twin Otter production program.

Originally launched in March 2007, the Viking Twin Otter production program was a natural progression after Viking acquired the Type Certificates for the legacy de Havilland aircraft fleet (DHC-1 through the DHC-7) in February 2006.  The decision to launch the Series 400 was made after a market study, supported by the worldwide Twin Otter operator group, revealed a strong demand for the new platform to replace the aging legacy fleet.

“When I take a moment to reflect on the Series 400 program from the original launch to completion of our 100th aircraft, and all the challenges we have overcome in between, I am truly amazed at what the Viking team has accomplished,” commented David Curtis, Viking president & CEO.  “While there was doubt that a relatively unknown aerospace manufacturing company on the west coast of Canada would be up to the task, here we are, 100 production aircraft later.”

The Series 400 program got off the ground on February 16th 2010, when the company’s first production aircraft completed its inaugural flight from Viking’s final aircraft assembly facility in Calgary, Alberta, and four months later, on June 24th, 2010, Transport Canada issued Series 400 Type Certification.  The global reach of the Series 400 Twin Otter has been proven with new aircraft operated in 29 countries.  With the 100th Series 400, Viking has recorded deliveries to 34 distinctive customers.

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 been sold to 29 countries worldwide.

In October 2016, Viking acquired the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the CL-215, CL-215T, CL-415 aircraft and all variants from Bombardier. With the Type Certificate transfer, Viking assumed responsibility for 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 which maintains a long-term investment horizon and is one of the leading investors in the Canadian aviation industry.

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