Viking Sells Twin Otter Series 400 to Skydive Dubai

Nov 2, 2015

Veling Tayara Sell First Civilian Series 400 Twin Otter in the Middle East

Victoria, British Columbia, November 2nd, 2015:  Skydive Dubai, a commercial skydiving operation based in Dubai, UAE, has purchased a Twin Otter Series 400 from the aircraft manufacturer, Viking Air Limited, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

The Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft is scheduled to arrive in Dubai prior to the start of the World Air Games being hosted by Skydive Dubai on November 30th, 2015, and will be welcome addition to the company’s existing fleet of legacy Twin Otters utilized for commercial parachute operations.

The purchased aircraft was sold through Viking’s Series 400 Twin Otter exclusive sales representative for the Middle East and Turkey, Veling Tayara, and marks the first non-military sale of Twin Otter Series 400 in the Middle East.

Bani Younis Ahmed, Skydive Dubai’s technical maintenance manager, commented, “We are very happy with the addition of the Viking Twin Otter Series 400 to our fleet.  The Twin Otter design is perfectly suited for Skydive Dubai’s operations, and we expect our new Series 400 aircraft will be featured throughout the World Air Games here in Dubai.”  He added, “Dealing with a regional representative such as Veling Tayara has been a satisfying experience; it has been helpful having a local company on the ground in our same time zone, providing full support to ensure the delivery of our new Series 400 in time for the World Air Games.  We look forward to forging this relationship closer with future projects.”

About Skydive Dubai:

Established in 2010 shortly after the first international parachuting championships were held in Dubai, Skydive Dubai has now become the number one choice for skydiving enthusiasts around the globe.  Located in the world’s premier skydiving location neighbouring the Dubai marina and the Palm Jumeirah, Skydive Dubai operates their drop zone to the highest safety standards under the regulations of the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF).

About Veling Tayara:

Veling Tayara offers bespoke financial solutions for executive aircraft with a focus on operating leases and providing financing alternatives for corporations, Governments and high net worth clients in the business aviation sector.  With offices in Dubai, London and Mauritius, Veling Tayara is ideally situated to serve clients in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa, and is the exclusive sales representative for the Viking Twin Otter Series 400 in the Middle East and Turkey.  Veling Tayara is a subsidiary of the Mauritius-based airline leasing firm Veling, whose clients include Emirates, Sri Lankan and other prominent Airlines.

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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