Posted on: 18 June 2019 by Glenn Sands
Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Air Antilles of Guadeloupe in the French West Indies have signed an agreement for the purchase of two Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. This makes the airline the first commercial operator of the Series 400 in the Caribbean. Also included within the purchase agreement, Air Antilles will become the first Series 400 Twin Otter operator to receive EASA certification for steep-approach operations.
The two Viking-built Series 400 Twin Otters are scheduled for delivery to Air Antilles at the end of the year and will be configured as 19-passenger regional commuter land-based models to replace the two legacy de Havilland Series 300 aircraft currently in commercial service with the airline.
Eric Kourry, the chairman of Guyane Aero Invest, the holding company of Air Antilles, stated: “As an operator of legacy de Havilland Series 300 aircraft for more than a decade, our knowledge of the Twin Otter’s exceptional flight capabilities, ease of maintenance, high dispatch reliability and suitability for our operations made selection of the Viking Series 400 a natural choice for upgrading our fleet.
“As tourism in the Caribbean expands, improvements to safety are becoming increasingly important for airlines to retain a competitive advantage. The host of improvements made to the Series 400 will help Air Antilles increase safety and bring added value to their flight operations.”
Compagnie Aerienne Inter Regionale Express, created in 2002, is an airline that operates under the name Air Guyane in the French Guiana, and under the name Air Antilles in the Caribbean. Air Antilles is one of the main regional companies in the Caribbean with more than 20 destinations in the area. The Twin Otter aircraft essentially serve from Guadeloupe to Saint Barthelemy, with Dominica due to be added.