Viking Sells First Series 400 Twin Otters to Japanese Market

Feb 12, 2014

First Flying Becomes Inaugural Twin Otter Series 400 Operator in Country

Singapore, February 12th, 2014:  Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada and First Flying Co., Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, have entered into an agreement for the purchase of two Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, making First Flying the premiere Twin Otter Series 400 customer in the country.

The two aircraft, scheduled for delivery starting in early 2015, will be configured as standard 19-passenger commercial landplanes and put into operation as domestic carriers based in Okinawa and operated throughout the Ryukyu Islands in the southernmost region of Japan.

We are pleased to add First Flying to our growing list of international customers, not only as a new member of the Series 400 family, but as a leader in opening up the Japanese market, commented David Curtis, Viking president & CEO.  He continued, We are confident that the aircraft will be well received in this new market, and First Flying will be successful in introducing the Twin Otter Series 400 to Japan.

Masanobu Nishikawa, First Flying president, stated We are very happy to be bringing the Twin Otter Series 400 back to Japan again, as it has been approximately eight years since the last Series 300 Twin Otter retired from the Japanese sky.   He added, Our company has put forward considerable effort to maintain the routes among the RyukuIslands in Okinawa, and the addition of our new Series 400 aircraft will enable us to develop new routes and bring more passengers and cargo to the area.  We are sure that our determination will be great news not just for Okinawa citizens, but for all the people of Japan.

First Flying Co., Ltd. is a regional air carrier and flying club based at Yao Airport, in Osaka, and operates a mixed fleet of fixed wing and rotary aircraft for flightseeing, aerial survey and flight training services between Yao Airport and Hiroshima-Heliport.

With Viking aircraft sold and delivered to 23 countries worldwide, the Series 400 Twin Otter is confirmed as the best-selling next generation turbo-prop aircraft in its class.  Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7) and forms 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

Media Contact

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


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