Anadyr, Russia based Chukotavia Air Company received formal permission on 24-Dec-2013 to operate the Twin Otter Series 400 on commercial passenger, mail and cargo services.
On 25-Dec-2013 the first non-scheduled cargo & passenger service operated from Anadyr to the village of Markovo carrying equipment inbound, and passengers back to Anadyr later the same day. Beginning in January 2014 the aircraft will enter scheduled service linking Anadyr with Markovo, Beringovsky and Zaliv Kresta. These services are currently flown by Antonov AN-24 and AN-26 aircraft, however the introduction of the Twin Otter will facilitate an increase in frequency of flights.
Chukotavia currently operates one AN-24, three AN-26 and eleven Mi-8 helicopters in addition to the two Viking Series 400 Twin Otters.
MSN 860 and 861 are seen below at their base in Anadyr prior to having been registered in Russia as RA-67281 and RA-67282 respectively.