Las Vegas, Nevada, October 22nd, 2013: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada and Factory Endorsed Service Center partner, Wipaire, Inc. of South Saint Paul, Minnesota, have now delivered the first Viking Twin Otter Series 400 equipped with a custom Wipaire executive interior.
The aircraft, belonging to an undisclosed customer, features an executive four-place club seating arrangement with an additional 12 standard seats. The executive interior also includes a custom headliner system as well as custom fabricated sidewall and PSU panels. Interior options include installation of wall mounted passenger radio jacks, data ports, auxiliary audio inputs for each passenger, custom hard wall materials and carpeting. The aircraft is also equipped with Wipline 13000 amphibious floats and a remarkable custom airbrushed graphic paint scheme, available for viewing on aircraft static display during the 2013 NBAA Annual Convention.
"Wipaire is pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this great project,” stated Lee Webb, Wipaire’s vice president of Aircraft Services. “This aircraft is a wonderful example of the interior and exterior finish capabilities we offer our valued customers."
Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing floats for over fifty years, including the Wipline model 13000 floats certified for the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter, and has engineered several Supplemental Type Certified modifications for legacy Twin Otters to improve convenience and reliability. As a leading aircraft service provider, Wipaire offers maintenance, repair, VIP interior design and installation, and exterior painting all in one convenient location for Twin Otter operators, and is recognized worldwide for quality products and engineering expertise.
With Twin Otter Series 400 in operation in 16 countries and a backlog exceeding $400M, the Series 400 is now confirmed as the best-selling next generation turbo-prop in its class. Viking provided OEM support for the worldwide 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.