PARIS: Air Antilles orders two [-400] Twin Otters

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PARIS: Air Antilles orders two [-400] Twin Otters

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PARIS: Air Antilles orders two Twin Otters
Edward Russell Paris
18 June, 2019

Air Antilles has ordered two Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otters to replace ageing turboprops in its fleet.

The Guadeloupe-based carrier will take delivery of the 19-seat aircraft in the fourth quarter, Viking says. The DHC-6-400 is certificated for steep-approach landings where the glideslope exceeds 4.5˚, an operational capability the airline requires.

Air Antilles will use the aircraft to replace two DHC-6-300s with an average age of 38.7 years, Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows.

"As travel tourism in the Caribbean expands, improvements to safety are becoming increasingly important for airlines to retain a competitive advantage," states David Caporali, regional sales director for the Americas at Viking. "The numerous improvements made to the new series 400 will help Air Antilles increase safety and bring added value to their flight operations."

Air Antilles will become the only DHC-6-400 operator in the Caribbean. Fleets Analyzer shows that there are 105 of the aircraft in service around the world.

The database lists nine aircraft in the carrier's fleet, including four ATR 42 turboprops and two ATR 72s.

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Air Antilles first Caribbean operator to purchase Viking 400 Twin Otters

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Air Antilles to become first Caribbean operator with purchase of Viking Series 400 Twin Otters
June 18, 2019

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, B.C., and Air Antilles, of Guadeloupe, French West Indies, have signed an agreement for the purchase of two Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, making Air Antilles the first commercial operator of the Series 400 in the Caribbean. Also forming part of the purchase agreement, Air Antilles will become the first Series 400 Twin Otter operator to receive European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for steep approach operations.

Proposed paint scheme for Air Antilles' new Series 400 Twin Otters scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019. Viking Air Image
Proposed paint scheme for Air Antilles’ new Series 400 Twin Otters scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019. Viking Air Image
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The two Viking-built Series 400 Twin Otters are scheduled for delivery to Air Antilles in the last quarter of 2019 and will be configured as 19-passenger regional commuter landplanes to replace the two legacy de Havilland Series 300 aircraft currently in commercial service with the airline.

With delivery of the Series 400 aircraft, Air Antilles will become the first commercial operator to receive EASA certification for steep approach landings, providing the airline with procedures to operate at approach angles in excess of 4.5 degrees. This is essential for Air Antilles’ scheduled operations to Gustaf III airport in Saint Barthelemy in order to satisfy EASA’s requirements for all commercial aircraft that access the airport to have factory certification for steep approach landings due to the surrounding mountainous terrain.

Eric Kourry, chairman of Guyane Aero Invest, the holding company of Air Antilles, commented, “As an operator of legacy de Havilland Series 300 aircraft for more than a decade, our knowledge of the Twin Otter’s exceptional flight capabilities, ease of maintenance, high dispatch reliability and suitability for our operations made selection of the Viking Series 400 a natural choice for upgrading our fleet.

“As travel tourism in the Caribbean expands, improvements to safety are becoming increasingly important for airlines to retain a competitive advantage. The innumerous improvements made to the new Series 400 will help Air Antilles increase safety and bring added value to their flight operations,” said David Caporali, Viking regional sales director for the Americas. “The Caribbean shows encouraging market opportunities for Series 400 Twin Otter due to its low operating costs, ability to access the many short runways throughout the region, and its ability to support growth of an inter-island commercial transportation network. We highly value Air Antilles’ initiative to be the launch customer for the Series 400 in the region and are confident this relationship will yield many good results for both parties.”

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