Viking Announces Skytek as 1st Factory Endorsed Service Centre for Twin Otter Aircraft in Asia-Pacific

Dec 1, 2016

Victoria, British Columbia, December 1st, 2016:  Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada welcomes Skytek Pty. Ltd. of Cairns, Australia to the Series 400 Twin Otter support network as the first Factory Endorsed Service Centre (“FESC”) in the Asia-Pacific region.  Skytek’s location in northern Queensland, combined with their extensive Twin Otter maintenance experience, makes them the ideal choice for a Viking-certified service facility for legacy de Havilland and Series 400 Twin Otter operators in southeast Asia and Australia.

Over the past 20 years, Skytek have demonstrated an increasing level of dependable Twin Otter maintenance services to a widespread customer base in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar, including Series 400 Twin Otter operators Hevilift and Ok Tedi Development Foundation.

Stanko Paleksic, Viking’s Technical Support manager, was responsible for conducting a technical audit in support of Skytek’s application for the FESC program.  He commented, “Skytek is already the maintenance facility of choice for many of our Series 400 operators, so to have them join our support network as an FESC is a natural progression of our corporate relationship.  Skytek’s focus on delivering quality service from their maintenance facility in Australia, as well as the services they provide at customer bases throughout southeast Asia, will be an asset to all Twin Otter operators in the region.”

The FESC program, administered through Viking’s Global Customer Support group, develops strategic partnerships with specialized industry professionals to provide factory recognized service and warranty repairs for both Viking Series 400 Twin Otters and the legacy de Havilland fleet.

About Skytek:

Based in Cairns, Australia, Skytek is a privately owned company with over 20 years of experience providing support, heavy maintenance, aircraft modifications and component overhaul for both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including the Series 300 and Series 400 Twin Otter.

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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Viking Air Ltd.
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Phone: +1.250.656.7227

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Viking Air Ltd.
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