Russian Market Expands in Advance of Moscow Air Show
Paris, France, June 19th, 2013: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada and Vityaz Avia Corporation, of Moscow, Russia, have signed an agreement for an additional seven (7) DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 for operation Russia. The multi-aircraft deal brings the Vityaz aircraft order total to eleven, making Vityaz Viking’s largest single non-military customer to date.
The seven new Series 400 Twin Otters are scheduled for delivery through 2015, and will be utilized as utility aircraft to support remote communities throughout the northern regions of Russia. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in time for the MAKS International Air Show in Moscow in August, where the aircraft will be available for the first time on static display for viewing by the Russian aviation industry.
The Series 400 Twin Otters will feature as standard equipment a fully IFR Honeywell Primus Apex digital avionics suite, complete with two primary and one secondary GPS backed navigation system, Flight Management System, TAWS, TCAS I, and EGPWS. In addition, the aircraft will be configured with a variety of landing gear options, including wheels, amphibious floats, wheel/skis, and intermediate flotation gear (IFG). Airframe de-ice and other buyer selected options to be announced at a later date.
David Curtis, Viking president & CEO, announced the deal at the Western Canada Reception during the Paris International Air Show. He commented, “We believe the Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft is ideally suited for the harsh operating environments in Russia, and have been working with Vityaz since 2010 to develop the Russian market potential.” He added, “We are pleased to see with this new order that the demand for the aircraft is strong and proving that our initial business case was valid.”
Viking received Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (IACAR) Type Certification in July, 2012 in conjunction with the delivery of the first two Russian aircraft in October, 2012. These aircraft marked the first Twin Otters in history to be delivered to Russia.
With Twin Otter Series 400 in operation in 16 countries and a backlog exceeding $400M, the Series 400 is now 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.