Viking Opens 30th Country with Sale of Twin Otter Series 400 to United Energy Pakistan
Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and United Energy Pakistan, of Karachi, Pakistan have signed an agreement for a Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft to be delivered in the second quarter of 2018, marking the first Viking Series 400 Twin Otter to enter operation in Pakistan. The Viking Series 400 Twin Otter will be optimized for industrial support operations, and will be used by United Energy Pakistan (UEP) on an unpaved airstrip for personnel and materials transport from Karachi to the company’s base camps in Badin and Mirpurkhas Khipro Concession areas.
As a legacy Twin Otter operator for many years, UEP’s familiarity with the Twin Otter’s flight capabilities, technical aspects, and ease of maintenance made selection of the Viking Series 400 a natural choice for supporting their oil & gas operations. United Energy Pakistan’s Head of Management Services, Sadruddin Hasan Ali, commented, “The Twin Otter has been previously owned and operated by UEP for decades and it has been a part of our Company’s history.” Sadruddin Hasan Ali continued, “We’re excited to now be bringing the new Series 400 to Pakistan. The level of support extended by Viking, from selection of aircraft and its additional options, to finalization of the purchase agreement, delivery terms and additional maintenance support, has been truly noteworthy.”
Robert Mauracher, Viking’s executive vice president, Sales & Marketing, said “Viking is very proud that UEP has returned to the Twin Otter family, demonstrating their confidence in the aircraft and the quality of our product. As the first operator of the Series 400 in Pakistan, the 30th country of operation for the aircraft to date, UEP’s requirement for a seamless Entry-Into-Service process and an established global customer support network was a significant factor in their decision to buy from Viking.”
NASH Aerotradings (PVT) Ltd. of Karachi, Viking’s authorized sales representative for Pakistan, was instrumental in bringing UEP and Viking together for this deal. NASH is utilizing its expertise to obtain necessary licensing to develop an operational airstrip and help coordinate airworthiness certification necessary to complete the sale.
About Viking Air Limited
Headquartered in Victoria, BC, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft services, and the 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, 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 to date new Viking aircraft have sold to 30 countries worldwide.
In 2016, Viking acquired the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the Canadair CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415 aircraft. With this transfer, Viking assumed responsibility for all product support for the global fleet of 170 aerial firefighters. Viking is managed by Longview Aviation Capital and forms part of the portfolio of a prominent Canadian family investment firm that maintains a long-term investment horizon and is one of the leading investors in the Canadian aviation industry. For additional information, please visit www.vikingair.com.