Wednesday, February 12, 2014

First Flying orders two Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otters.

On February 12th, Canadian aircraft manufacturer and parts supplier Viking Air announced that a purchase agreement had been reached with First Flying (DAK) for a pair of DHC-6-400 Twin Otter turboprop airliners. They will become the Japanese launch customer for the revamped new-generation version of the venerable STOL (Short TakeOff and Landing) aircraft originally developed by de Havilland Canada back in 1964.
Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander JA5325 arrives at Aguni. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

First Flying will take delivery of both in early 2015. Configured with standard 19 seats, the new aircraft will be deployed on their island-hopping flights in the Ryukyu Islands in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, in the southernmost region of Japan. First Flying currently flies Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) - Aguni (AGJ/RORA) and Naha - Okinoerabu (OKE/RJKB) - Tokunoshima (TKN/RJKN) with a trio of Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islanders, and the DHC-6-400s are expected to be replacements.

After purchasing all type certificates from Bombardier Aerospace for all out-of-production models from the DHC-1 to the DHC-7, Viking Air started offering the DHC-6-400 in July 2006. The revamped STOL turboprop boasts more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34/35 engines, Honeywell Primus Apex fully-integrated avionics, deletion of the AC electrical system and beta backup system, modernization of the electrical and lighting system, and composites for non-load-bearing structures such as doors.

Source: FlyTeam, February 12th. (in Japanese)

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