24 August, 2017

More Twin Otters For Fiji Airways

The delightfully friendly Fiji Airways has agreed to purchase three Viking Twin Otter Series 400s for use by its sister company Fiji Link to operate on domestic routes throughout the many islands of this picturesque island nation. 

The new 400 versions of the Viking Twin Otters are scheduled to be delivered between October this year and February of next. The new arrivals are the standard land plane variety with a 19 seat configuration and are powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turbine engines and Honeywell Primus Apex fully integrated digital IFR avionics suite.

Fiji Airways has a long association with the small Twin Otter aircraft, they already have three in the Fiji Link fleet. The airline will replace two of the existing fleet with these new aircraft to go on to operate a fleet of four.  

“The Twin Otter remains the aircraft of choice for our subsidiary Fiji Link’s operations to most of Fiji’s smaller airports,” Fiji Airways Group managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen said. “The Series 400 is a definite step up for our expanded Twin Otter fleet, and will allow us to increase capacity to key Fijian destinations.”

Fiji Airways already operates a mix of aircraft, including Airbus A330s, ATR 42/72 -600s and Boeing 737s, in addition to the Twin Otters.  Late last year the carrier ordered five Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to replace its 737 fleet and are due to start arriving next year. 

Viking is the original type certificate holder for all out-of-production de Havilland aircraft, DHC-1 through the DHC-7, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing and product support for the legacy de Havilland fleet. In 2007 Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and so far over 130 new Viking aircraft have been sold operating for a wide variety of companies in as many as 29 countries all around the world. 

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