Posted on: 14 February 2012 by Mark Howells
Viking Air has carried out the delivery of the first of two new Series 400 Twin Otters sold to Ok Tedi Development Foundation of Papua New Guinea.
Despite a fleet of legacy Twin Otters operating within the country, this delivery will see Ok Tedi as the first Series 400 operator in the region.
Both Ok Tedi aircraft will operate a scheduled service for the company’s mining operations and as part of their community trust to service the local community in New Guinea. OK Tedi CEO, Ian Middleton, emphasised the value the new technology version of the Twin Otter would bring to the country.
The company’s second aircraft set for delivery in mid-2012. The two-aircraft deal was coordinated through Loch Ard Otters International, an original launch customer for the Series 400 Twin Otter programme, with a total of five orders and two options.
“We are very pleased to have placed these two aircraft with Ok Tedi. The Twin Otter 400 is an excellent aircraft and we are excited about offering lease and financing options for our additional positions,” commented Matthew Lorentzen, president of Loch Ard Otters International.
Photo shows: Rob Mauracher, VP business development, Viking Air; Nellie James, Papua New Guinea secretary for mining; Ian Middleton, CEO, Ok Tedi Development Foundation; David Curtis, Viking president & CEO, and Matt Lorentzen, president, Loch Ard Otters, at the handover ceremony.