Posted on: 17 June 2015 by Mark Howells
Following Transport Canada’s recent announcement that the Series 400 Twin Otter has received Type Certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Viking Air and Reignwood Aviation Group of Beijing have created a strategic partnership to develop the Chinese market with a commercial commitment to purchase up to 50 aircraft to be delivered over the next five years.
In a signing ceremony at the show, Viking president and CEO David Curtis (left in photo), and Christopher Wang, executive director of Reignwood Group (right in photo), sealed the strategic partnership agreement for the purchase of 50 aircraft including exclusive representation rights for the Series 400 Twin Otter in China.
Deliveries of Reignwood’s Series 400 Twin Otters will begin in the fourth quarter of 2015, with the first two aircraft 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 customisation in-country.
“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,” Curtis commented. “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.”