Viking Air, the manufacturer of the legendary Twin Otter aircraft, has made a very nice deal with the Reignwood Aviation Group. Confirmed during the Paris Air Show 2015, the Beijing-based group has signed a purchase commitment for up to 50 Viking Air Series 400 Twin Otter, shortly after the Civil Aviation Administration of China gave the aircraft its Type Certification.
Already starting in the last months of this year, the first two Series 400 will arrive in China – configured in regional commuter landplane and amphibious floats.
In the coming weeks, Viking and Reignwood will also be working to determine a suitable location for the development of a factory endorsed completion and service center (FECSC). The FECSC will see aircraft manufactured at Viking’s Canadian factories destined for the Chinese market undergo customer completion and customization in-country.
David Curtis commented, “Reignwood’s world-class reputation and depth of experience in the aviation sector will give the Series 400 Twin Otter immediate traction in the Chinese market, which is anticipated to reach 500 aircraft over 20 years.” He added, “This strategic partnership will allow Viking to tap into this extensive market potential, where the seaplane segment in particular is expected to expand rapidly over the next ten years.”
The Series 400 Twin Otter has been sold and delivered to customers in 26 countries worldwide. Designed and build first by De Havilland as the DHC-6, Viking Air took over the small airplanes of this company with Bombardier absorbing the DHC-7 Dash and turning it into the current Q400 series.
Series 400 of the Twin Otter has new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 engines, a Honeywell Primus Apex digital avionics suite, internal and external LED lighting, and approximately 800 other modifications incorporated to improve upon the original production model. It is available with standard land gear, optional straight or amphibious floats, skis, wheel skis, or intermediate flotation gear (“IFG”).
Source: Viking Air, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A Twin Otter taking off from a gravel airstrip near Sila Lodge at Wager Bay in Ukkusiksalik National Park, Nunavut, Canada back in July 1996 (Image (CC) Ansgar Walk)