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Viking Air: Reinvented Twin
Otter Exported Around the World
Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia is
giving a proven Canadian aircraft design a
new life. Forty international buyers are
waiting for delivery of a new Twin Otter
and EDC is helping Viking to close the deal.
iking uses EDC’s contract bond cov-
erage to guarantee performance
and offer its banks security.
“There is no doubt in our minds that
EDC has opened doors for us,” said
Robert Mauracher, Viking Vice-President
Business Development and General
Viking holds the rights for several
planes that were originally built by
Photo: Courtesy of Viking Air
Canada’s de Havilland from the 1940s to
the 1980s. The Series 400 Twin Otter roll-
ing off the assembly line and destined
for service all over the world is effectively
a whole new aircraft with modern elec-
tronic instruments and controls. At the
same time, it is all Twin Otter and is still The Twin Otter was built for smaller operators to run short-haul commuter airlines and charter businesses from regional
as rugged and utilitarian as the previous airports, on water, and on skis. They now export to nations such as the Maldives as the means to ferry tourists
model that served for decades as the between the various islands.
trusty pickup truck of the sky.
Viking has a 20-year history of work-
ing with de Havilland aircraft on repairs, been addressed and the plane is ready of Offer to TMA translated into a sale
modifications and part manufacturing. for another quarter century of service,” for Viking.”
Doing maintenance work, rebuilding, said Mauracher. “We make a point of telling custom-
and now manufacturing a whole new Among the buyers who have ordered ers in our sales presentations that EDC
model, Viking’s 380 employees in Victoria Twin Otters is Trans Maldivian Airways is part of the deal, particularly to the
and Calgary are following processes that (TMA) in the southern Indian Ocean. 90 per cent of our customers from out-
are often half a century old. Not surpris- The small size of the Maldives atolls and side North America,” said Mauracher.
ingly, Viking discovered that many parts the distance from the nearest interna- On the horizon for Viking, the Twin
were no longer available. Necessity being tional airport means the Twin Otter sea- Otter will be exported around the world,
the parent of invention, the Viking engi- plane is a perfect way to ferry tourists to where once again the renowned Canadian
neers broke the parts down and rebuilt remote locations. aircraft will serve a new life. n
them to the latest aeronautical standards. EDC helped finance the purchase of
More than 400 improvements were the Twin Otters by TMA. “We put together
made to the design, which will mean less a deal that made commercial sense,” CLICK . . .
down time for businesses using the said Chris Liboiron, EDC’s Aerospace > www.vikingair.com
aircraft. “The obsolescence issues have Financing Manager. “I believe our Letter > www.transmaldivian.com
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