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Aviastar DHC-6-300 Twin Otter is missing, 13 on board

Aviastar DHC-6-300 (Aviastar)(LRW)

Aviastar (PT Aviastar Mandiri) (Indonesia) (Jakarta) de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter is missing in Indonesia today (October 3).

The DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, registration PK-BRM, was operating flight MV 7503 from Masamba to Makassar (Indonesia) with 10 passengers and 3 crew members yesterday (October 2).

Ground controllers lost radio contact with the flight before it reached Makassar.

Makassar is the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Route Map:

Aviastar 10.2015 Route Map

The airline issued this short statement (translated) and photos of PK-BRM and the crew members:

Aviastar logo (LRW)

We (PT. Aviastar Mandiri) and the DEPHUB, BASARNAS, Police, Senkom and other concerned parties,  will continue to search for our aircraft PK-BRM. We expect the cooperation of all parties and the best prayers.

Aviastar crew

Read more from the Daily Mail: Read the Full Story (LRW)

All Photos: Aviastar.

Aviastar aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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European Coastal Airlines to launch seaplane flights in Croatia

European Coastal DHC-6 (ECA)(LRW)

European Coastal Airlines-ECA (Zagreb, Croatia) is a new seaplane operator founded in 2000. Ever since its foundation it has been working on the infrastructural in Croatia to start regularly scheduled seaplane operations to connect major cities and the islands along the Croatian coast. The goal is to connect all 66 inhabited islands of Croatia as well as expand operations later to Italy, Monaco and Greece.

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The new seaplane carrier is planning to launch scheduled passenger flights later this month with a fleet of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and Grumman G-21A Goose aircraft. The first flight will connect Split Airport with the resort destination of Jelsa on the island of Hvar. The new airline will also soon operate flights from Pula, Rab, Split and Zadar.

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Read the interview with CEO Klaus Dieter Martin: CLICK HERE

All images by European Coastal Airlines.

European Coastal DHC-6 Cockpit (ECA)(LRW)

Above: The cockpit of the DHC-6 Twin Otter 9A-TOA.

European Coastal DHC-6 Cabin (ECA)(LRW)

Above the cabin of the DHC-6 Twin Otter.

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Air Seychelles takes delivery of two new Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otters

Air Seychelles (Mahé) has taken delivery of two new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft from Viking Air Limited of Canada.

The new aircraft will be used for services between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the Seychelles archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Frégate.

Named ‘Isle of Bird’ and ‘Isle of La Digue,’ both aircraft have already left the manufacturer in British Columbia en route for Mahé Island, Seychelles.

Both aircraft will stop at several airports in Canada, Europe and Africa on their way to Seychelles, with Isle of La Digue on display at this week’s Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom.

The aircraft was officially delivered on July 16 to Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, Manoj Papa by the Chief Executive Officer of Viking Air, David C. Curtis.

Last week the two Twin Otter aircraft were flown from Viking Headquarters to Calgary where ferry fuel tanks were fitted for the extended flight to Seychelles.

In addition to this week’s stop at Farnborough, the flight path to Seychelles included Churchill (Canada), Iqaluit (Canada), Reykjavik (Iceland), Malmo (Sweden), Nis (Serbia), Aswan (Egypt) with a final stop in Nairobi (Kenya).

The ferry flights are being operated by two Air Seychelles’ pilots, Captains Sandy Benoiton and Eddie Cesar, and the distance covers a total of 9,175 nautical miles (17,000 km), the longest sector being from Aswan to Nairobi (distance 1,528 nautical miles).

The multi-million dollar fleet announcement for the purchase of three DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft was made last October in a deal between the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles and Viking Air Limited.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter C-GFAP (msn 898) was on display at the Viking Air area at Farnborough.

Air Seychelles: AG Slide Show

Air Seychelles has a second profitable year in a row, upgrades its Twin Otter fleet

Air Seychelles DHC-6-400 S7-CUR (12)(Grd) SEZ (Air Seychelles)(LR)

Air Seychelles (Mahe) has announced a net profit of $3 million (US) for 2013, exceeding by 171 percent its profit of $1.1 million (US) reported in 2012.

Revenue increased by 107 percent to $88.7 million (2012: $42.8 million).

The airline’s passenger numbers on its international network increased 100 percent to 195,857 (2012: 97,576), while traffic on domestic services in 2013 increased nine percent to 156,617 passengers.

The impressive 2013 passenger traffic growth was aided by Air Seychelles’ acquisition of a second Airbus A330-200 aircraft in March. The same month the island carrier launched three weekly flights to Hong Kong, and increased frequencies to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg and Mauritius, bringing its total international weekly services to 16, up 100 percent.

Johannesburg and Mauritius enjoyed an additional return service per week, connecting each destination three times a week respectively with the Seychelles. The airline’s Abu Dhabi services also increased from four to seven return flights per week.

Abu Dhabi was Air Seychelles’ busiest international route, with a total of 90,746 passengers carried between the archipelago and capital of the United Arab Emirates, a year-on-year increase of 178 percent.

Elsewhere, Air Seychelles saw record cargo volumes in 2013 thanks strong demand to and from France, Italy, Hong Kong and South Africa.

Air Seychelles signed four new codeshare partnerships in 2013, entering agreements with airberlin, Czech Airlines, South African Airways, and Cathay Pacific Airways. These codeshare agreements increased Air Seychelles’ virtual network from 19 to 34 destinations.

In October, Air Seychelles announced a multi-million dollar agreement for the purchase of three new Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft (top and below), its largest ever domestic fleet order signalling the carrier’s long-term commitment to its domestic operations. Two of these aircraft are due to arrive in mid-2014, one year ahead of schedule.

Air Seychelles now plans to welcome the new Twin Otters in July, following which, the aircraft will enter into service between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the archipelago, including Bird, Denis, D’Arros, and Frégate.

The third Twin Otter aircraft is expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2015. All three new aircraft are part of a phased business plan to refresh the Twin Otter DHC-6 fleet.

Twin Otters were first introduced by Air Seychelles in the early 1980s and the airline currently operates three DHC-6 Series 300 aircraft and 1 DHC-6 Series 400 aircraft.

The 19-seat twin engine Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 aircraft are manufactured by Viking Air in British Columbia, Canada.

Air Seychelles capped a remarkable year of achievements by being awarded a four-star rating by Skytrax, one of 35 global carriers to hold this accolade.

Air Seychelles-Viking Air Press Conference (Air Seychelles)(LR)

Both Copyright Photos: Air Seychelles is upgrading its Twin Otter inter-island fleet. Top: S7-CUR (msn 846) is the first DHC-6-400 Twin Otter with a digital glass cockpit. Viking Air President and CEO, David C. Curtis, the Seychelles Minister of Home Affairs and Transport and Chairman of Air Seychelles, Joel Morgan, and Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, Cramer Ball, outline details of the new Twin Otter fleet order at a press conference.

Air Seychelles: AG Slide Show

Video: Air Seychelles DHC-6-300 Twin Otter landing at Praslin Island Airport (PRI) coming from Seychelles International Airport (SEZ).

 

Air Seychelles orders three Viking Air DHC-6-400s

Air Seychelles Purchase 3

Air Seychelles (Mahé) has announced the purchase of three Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, in a deal which will see the island carrier renew its domestic fleet. The new aircraft will be used for services between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Frégate.

All three aircraft deliveries are scheduled for mid-2015, with an option for earlier delivery if aircraft become available.The airline currently operates one DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 and three Series 300 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Viking Air. Air Seychelles’ first Twin Otter Series 400, and the second Viking production aircraft, msn 846, waits on Viking ramp prior to customer delivery.

Air Seychelles: AG Slide Show

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Route Map:

Air Seychelles 11:2013 Route Map

Video. Flying on the DHC-6 in the Seychelles from Praslin back to Mahe.

Norlandair introduces a new livery

Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch. De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter TF-NLC taxies at East Midlands after repainting.

Norlandair (Akureyri) has introduced this new livery of this newly-acquired DHC-6 Twin Otter TF-NLC. Norlandair operates scheduled flights from Akureyri (AEY) to Þórshöfn (THO), Vopnafjörður (VPN) and Grímsey (GRY) in northern Iceland. Air Iceland provides customer services and aircraft handling for these flights on behalf of Norlandair.

Merpati’s DHC-6 Twin Otter PK-NVC is missing

Merpati Nusantara Airlines’ (Jakarta) de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter PK-NVC (msn 626) is missing on a domestic flight in Papua (Indonesia) with 16 passengers and crew member on board. The passenger plane was reported missing yesterday (August 2) when it failed to arrive at Oksibil Airport (OKL) after a domestic flight from Jayapura (DJJ). 

News item:

www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/08/03/merpati-plane-with-sixteen-people-disappears-papua.html