SINGAPORE 2012: Viking Air reports Twin Otter Series 400 sales expansion

In addition to delivering to Papua New Guinea the first of two Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft for the country, Viking Air has announced that customers from Tahiti, Turkey, Nigeria, Chile, and Panama have all been added early in 2012 to the list of sales, for a total of 15 aircraft.

Seabird Airlines of Istanbul, Turkey, has signed a multi-aircraft deal along with an exclusive sales representative agreement covering Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft sales in Turkey. The package deal covers six aircraft configured with straight floats for water based commercial operations. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2014.

Caverton Helicopters of Lagos, Nigeria, which currently operates two legacy Twin Otter aircraft for passenger transfer, will be adding a new Series 400 to the roster later this year. This will be the first Series 400 aircraft to operate in western Africa.

An undisclosed customer has signed, at list price, a $28 million deal for four new aircraft, destined for Chile and Peru.

Finally, expanding the international customer list further is the sale of one float equipped Series 400 to an undisclosed VIP customer in Panama and one wheel equipped Series 400 Twin Otter to an undisclosed VIP customer in Tahiti, making them the fifth and sixth new countries for the type announced in 2012.

“The growing list of international customers is market validation and approval for the new Twin Otter Series 400,” declared Rob Mauracher, Viking’s vice-president business development. “The aircraft’s popularity with our new customers is due to its operational versatility, quick change interior and internal passenger to cargo flexibility.”

Photo shows: David Curtis, Viking president & CEO (left) and Kursad Arusan, chairman & CEO, Seabird Airlines, signing the deal for six aircraft.

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