Posted on: 12 February 2014 by Mark Howells
First Flying of Osaka, Japan, has signed an agreement with Viking Air for the purchase of two Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, making First Flying the launch customer for the aircraft in the country.
The two aircraft, scheduled for delivery starting in early 2015, will be configured as standard 19-passenger commercial landplanes and put into operation as domestic carriers based in Okinawa and operated throughout the Ryukyu Islands in the southernmost region of Japan.
“We are pleased to add First Flying to our growing list of international customers, not only as a new member of the Series 400 family, but as a leader in opening up the Japanese market,” commented David Curtis, Viking president & CEO. “We are confident that the aircraft will be well received in this new market, and First Flying will be successful in introducing the Twin Otter Series 400 to Japan.”
Masanobu Nishikawa, First Flying president, remarked, “We are very happy to be bringing the Twin Otter Series 400 to Japan, as it has been approximately eight years since the last Series 300 Twin Otter retired from the Japanese sky. Our company has put in considerable effort to maintain the routes among the Ryuku Islands in Okinawa, and the addition of our new Series 400 aircraft will enable us to develop new routes and bring more passengers and cargo to the area. We are sure that our determination will be great news not just for Okinawa citizens, but for all the people of Japan.”
First Flying is a regional air carrier and flying club based at Yao Airport, in Osaka, and operates a mixed fleet of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft for sightseeing flights, aerial survey and flight training services.