Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Viking Air looks for Indonesian opportunities

Canadian aircraft maker Viking Air Ltd, which produces the Twin Otter 400 series, is looking for further opportunities to capitalize on the Indonesian market this year, an executive revealed on Tuesday.

"[The] chartered flight business is growing in Indonesia and we are pleased to offer aircraft that can operate in the world's harshest environments," Robert Mauracher, Viking Air’s vice president of business development, said at the scene of demonstration flights at the Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in East Jakarta.

He said that Viking Air has sold aircraft in several countries, including to the Peruvian government, and a second major purchase agreement for four Viking Series 400 Twin Otters has been executed with PT Airfast Indonesia.

Each aircraft costs US$6 million.

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2012 and 2014, and will be configured for land operations to expand Airfast Indonesia’s current fleet of three legacy Twin Otters, used for charter-flights for the mining industry.

"This Summer, we are going to start certification with your regulator," he said.

The aircraft will also be made available for viewing by commercial, military, and government organizations in Surabaya on March 1. 


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