Posted on: 22 October 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Viking Air and Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) have signed an agreement for the latter to buy two Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.
The two aircraft, scheduled for delivery starting in mid- 2015, will be configured as 19-passenger commercial landplanes based in Glasgow and providing Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes to Campbeltown, Barra and Tiree, off the West coast of Scotland (currently operated by Loganair under the Flybe brand). The Series 400 Twin Otter was selected by HIAL to operate on these lifeline service routes due to its robust design, STOL performance, and reliability when operating in extreme conditions, all prerequisites for operations on Barra’s short beach landing strip.
Provisions for operator flight and maintenance training were also included in the contract, and will be provided through FlightSafety International in Toronto, Ontario, and Viking’s sister-company, Pacific Sky Aviation, in Victoria, BC.
“While the legacy de Havilland Twin Otter has been reliably serving remote communities in Scotland for decades, the introduction of the Viking Series 400 aircraft will no doubt be considered a welcome upgrade to HIAL’s offerings while providing taxpayers with the best value for money,” commented Evan McCorry, Viking vice-president international sales & marketing. “We are pleased to provide a cost-effective solution for Scotland’s infrastructure requirements, and welcome HIAL to the growing Series 400 Twin Otter family.”