Posted on: 20 July 2010 by Mark Howells
Viking Air has received Transport Canada Type Certification for the DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter under an amendment of the Type Certificate Data Sheet A-82 which adds Series 400 Twin Otter to the approved types list of 100, 200, and 300 Series aircraft.
David Curtis, Viking president and CEO (right in pic receiving certificate), commented, “It is hard to express in words how important achieving this milestone is, not only for everyone at Viking, but for our stakeholders and supply chain partners as well. We are writing the next chapter in the long history of de Havilland Aircraft in Canada, and thank our customers who have remained loyal even through one of the toughest economic environments in recent memory.”
Curtis also paid tribute to Transport Canada for its help. “If ever there was a regulator which was a partner and wanted to see things happen, it’s Transport Canada,” he remarked.
The first new Viking production Series 400 Twin Otter, MSN 845, completed certification testing in late June, and was ferried from Viking’s corporate headquarters on the west coast of Canada to the Farnborough Air Show for hand-over to launch customer Zimex Aviation of Switzerland.
“We believe in the product, we believe in Viking, and our trust will be proven when our new Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft enters revenue service,” stated Hugo Kopp, managing director of Zimex Aviation. “The Twin Otter Series 400 is perfectly suited to our severe operational environment, and our customers are excited about the potential of this brand new aircraft.”
To date, Viking has a backlog estimated over $200 million in new aircraft sales, sold to a global customer base of military, commercial, and private operators.