Vietnam Navy Receives First Fixed Wing Aircraft to Operate in Country
Singapore, February 13th, 2014: With yesterday’s announcement of a new dual aircraft order to First Flying Co., Ltd. of Japan, the Viking Twin Otter Series 400 continues to demonstrate a strong presence throughout South East Asia. Nine countries throughout the region have witnessed Series 400 Twin Otter sales, with an additional seven countries participating in active sales campaigns.
Topping the list with a six aircraft order announced in 2010, the Vietnam Navy have now received their first fixed wing aircraft with the arrival late last year of their initial Series 400 Twin Otter in-country. In addition to the on-going flight and maintenance training programs being conducted at Viking’s corporate headquarters in Victoria, BC, Viking customer service representatives and flight training delegates will be on-site at the Navy Air Wing Base in Nha Trang to assist with the integration of the aircraft into current Navy operations.
MASwings, subsidiary to Malaysian Airlines, also have six Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft on order, with three already delivered and operating as regional commuters in Malaysia and the next two scheduled for delivery in the next six weeks. The fifth MASwings aircraft delivery will mark the completion of the 50th Viking production Twin Otter Series 400, and will be celebrated in March.
Other customers on the South East Asia regional sales list include Meiya Air of China (5), Airfast Indonesia (4), Aerostar Leasing of Singapore (4), Ok Tedi/Loch Ard in Papua New Guinea (2), Regent/Loch Ard in Bangladesh (1), Hevilift of Australia (1), and the newest addition, First Flying of Japan (2).
The Series 400 Twin Otter is ideally suited for the region due to its robust design, ease of maintenance, STOL performance capabilities, and ability to operate from water or unimproved strips in a single platform. The versatility and dependability of the Twin Otter Series 400 in extreme conditions provides regional operators the opportunity to reliably service the many remote islands and water-based locales with passenger transport or infrastructure support, critical to both the success of the operator and the development of the region.
With Viking aircraft sold and delivered to 23 countries worldwide, the Series 400 Twin Otter is confirmed as the best-selling next generation turbo-prop aircraft in its class. Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7) and forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc, a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation, and real estate sectors.