VICTORIA, British Columbia — Viking recently recognized the completion of its 50th production Series 400 Twin Otter at two separate events for employees held at the company’s corporate headquarters in Victoria and the aircraft assembly facility in Calgary, AB, Canada.
With completion of the 50th aircraft, Viking has recorded sales of the Series 400 to 23 countries worldwide, with 18 different customers receiving deliveries so far, according to company officials.
To date, the largest customers for the Series 400 are CAVU Aviation Finance of the United States with 14 aircraft on order, the Peruvian Air Force with 12 aircraft, Vityaz Avia of Russia with 11, and Global Aerospace Logistics of the UAE, with 8 aircraft.
Currently, the largest commercial operator is MASwings, a subsidiary to Malaysian Airlines, which has already received four of six Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft on order, and will receive the 50th Viking production aircraft with its fifth delivery in early April.
“It’s not uncommon to forget where you’ve come from, so to take a moment and reflect on the journey can be awe-inspiring. When I consider the achievements and the effort put forward by our entire team to make this program a success, it’s truly something to be proud of,” remarked David Curtis, Viking president & CEO.
Viking’s key partners who have significantly contributed to reaching this Series 400 program milestone include Pratt & Whitney Canada with the supply of the PT6A-34 twin turbine engines, Honeywell Aerospace with the supply of the Primus Apex integrated digital avionics suite, Field Aviation providing main landing gear and fuselage components, Heroux Devtek providing nose landing gear, and Wipaire with the supply of optional floats. In addition, Lee Aerospace, Fleet Industries, Emteq, Sealand Aviation, and IKHANA Group are all major suppliers of Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft structures and components, and integral to the success of the Series 400 program, according to company officials.
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