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Bombardier to sell the Q400 program to Viking

Bombardier made this announcement:

On November 7, 2018, the Corporation entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of the Q Series aircraft program assets, including aftermarket operations, to a wholly owned subsidiary of Longview Aviation Capital Corporation, for gross proceeds of approximately $300 million. The agreement covers all assets and intellectual property and Type Certificates associated with the Dash 8 Series 100, 200 and 300 as well as the Q400 program operations at the Downsview manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada. The transaction is expected to close by the second half of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Net proceeds for this transaction are expected at approximately $250 million net of fees, liabilities and normal closing adjustments.

Viking is part of Longview. Headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft services, and manufacturer of the world-renowned Series 400 Twin Otter. Viking is the Original Type Certificate holder for all out-of-production de Havilland aircraft, DHC-1 through the DHC-7, as well as the Canadair 215 and CL-415 aerial firefighters. Viking provides exclusive global spare parts manufacturing and product support for these fleets.

Viking will now take over the Q400 series.

Longview Aviation Capital Corporation later issued this statement:

Longview Aviation Capital Corporation, parent company to Viking Air Limited, a leading Canadian aircraft manufacturer, today agreed to acquire, through an affiliate, the entire Dash 8 program including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Q400 program from Bombardier Inc. Also included as part of the transaction are rights to the de Havilland name and trademark in an all-Canadian transaction.

Once completed, Longview will become North America’s largest commercial turbo-prop aircraft manufacturer.

“The Dash 8 turbo-prop is the perfect complement to our existing portfolio of specialized aircraft including the Twin Otter and the Canadair CL 215 and 415 series of water bombers,” said David Curtis, CEO of Longview Aviation Capital Corp. “We see enormous value in the de Havilland Dash 8 program, with these aircraft in demand and in use all around the world.”

As part of the agreement, Longview will receive all assets and intellectual property and Type Certificates associated with the Dash 8 program. Upon the closing of the transaction, Longview will also assume responsibility for the worldwide product support business – covering more than 1,000 aircraft either currently in service or slated for production.

Longview will continue to independently operate the program at the original de Havilland manufacturing site located at Downsview, Ontario upon closing of the transaction. The Downsview site was sold by Bombardier earlier this year but, under the terms of a lease with the new owners and a license from Bombardier, production will remain on-site until at least 2021. As part of the transaction Longview also looks forward to welcoming Bombardier employees currently associated with the production, support and sales of the Dash 8 program.

“We are committed to a business-as-usual approach that will see no interruption to the production, delivery and support of these outstanding aircraft,” added Curtis. “With the entire de Havilland product line reunited under the same banner for the first time in decades, we look forward to working with customers, suppliers and employees upon close of the transaction to determine what opportunities lie ahead.”

Longview and Bombardier will work closely in the period until the closing of the transaction to ensure a seamless transition for employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders with no interruption in production, delivery and support of the aircraft.

This transaction builds on Longview’s established track record of acquiring and successfully operating significant aircraft manufacturing, parts and serving programs including the Twin Otter program and the Canadair CL 215 and 415 waterbomber series.

The transaction is subject to typical closing conditions and the receipt of regulatory approvals. The sale and transaction are expected to close by the second half of 2019.

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Viking Air and Reignwood Aviation sign a strategic agreement to develop Twin Otter Series 400 sales in China

Viking Air DHC-6-400 C-FDHT (Flt)(Viking Air)(LR)

Viking Air Limited (Sidney, British Columbia) has issued this statement:

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Following Transport Canada’s recent announcement that the Series 400 Twin Otter has received Type Certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada and Reignwood Aviation Group of Beijing, China, have entered into an agreement forming a strategic partnership to develop the Chinese market with commercial commitment to purchase up to 50 aircraft to be delivered over the next five years.

At a signing ceremony at the Paris International Air Show, Viking president & CEO David C. Curtis, and Christopher Wang, Executive Director of Reignwood Group, executed a strategic partnership agreement for the purchase of fifty aircraft including exclusive representation rights for the Series 400 Twin Otter in China.

Viking Air DHC-6-400 C-FDHT (Flt) + another DHC-6-400 Floats (Viking Air)(LR)

Deliveries of Reignwood’s Series 400 Twin Otters will commence in the 4th quarter of 2015, with the first two aircraft configured in regional commuter landplane and amphibious floats.

Viking DHC-6 C-GVAT (Grd)(Viking Air)(LR)

In the coming weeks, Viking and Reignwood will also be working to determine a suitable location for the development of a factory endorsed completion and service center (FECSC). The FECSC will see aircraft manufactured at Viking’s Canadian factories destined for the Chinese market undergo customer completion and customization in-country.

Twin Otter Series 400 logo (Viking Air)(LRW)

According to the manufacturer, “The Series 400 Twin Otter is the best-selling next generation turbo-prop aircraft in its class, with Viking aircraft sold and delivered to 27 countries worldwide. Viking provides OEM support for the global fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7) and forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc, a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation, and real estate sectors.”

All photos and images by Viking Air.

MASwings DHC-6-400 (07)(Grd)(Viking Air)(LR)

 

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.