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Rosneft purchases 10 Twin Otters from Viking Air

RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of Rosneft based in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, has signed a multi-aircraft purchase agreement for 10 Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft which are scheduled to be delivered between November 2015 and early 2017.Rosneft selected the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft to service the company’s business in multiple roles including 19-passenger regional commuter, corporate shuttle and cargo operations due to its ability to efficiently and reliably perform in extreme conditions on unprepared ground and short-field sites. With optional float and wheel/ski installations available, the basic aircraft can also be modified for use in water-based locations or during winter conditions on snow and ice.“The selection of the Twin Otter by Rosneft confirms that this aircraft is a credible and cost effective alternative to helicopters currently found in Russia and CIS when it comes to utility air transportation,” stated Dominique Spragg, Viking’s vice-president of strategic planning.Further to an MoU announced at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show for the development of a dedicated Twin Otter facility in Russia, discussions are still ongoing between Viking and Moscow-based Series 400 sales representative Vityaz Avia with the goal of providing customers such as RN-Aircraft with maintenance and service offerings in-country.

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