Posted on December 20, 2022

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Island Aviation Orders Two De Havilland Canada Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft

Launch of service from Manila will signal the return of Twin Otter operation to the Philippines

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Calgary, Alberta, December 20, 2022 – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that Island Aviation, Inc. has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire two new Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. Founded in 2003 as A. Soriano Aviation, Inc., Island Aviation is a charter airline based in the Philippines.

“We selected the Twin Otter to support our operations because of its long record of in-service reliability and low operating cost,” said Captain Emmanuel (“Butch”) Generoso, Chief Operating Officer, Island Aviation, Inc. “We are looking forward to the re-introduction of Twin Otters to our fleet where they will service the exclusive resort, Amanpulo with flights from Manila.

“De Havilland Canada is delighted to see the Twin Otter return to operation in the Philippines after a long absence and with such an experienced and well-regarded operator as Island Aviation,” said Philippe Poutissou, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, De Havilland Canada.

About Twin Otter Aircraft
The Twin Otter has earned a reputation around the globe for its versatility and reliability in a variety of extreme environments. From executive and private travel, to commercial operations in some of the most challenging conditions on earth, the number of operators and breadth of industries supported by the Twin Otter are a testament to its flexibility and durability.

The Twin Otter also boasts unrivaled versatility within each of its many operational applications. As a regional connectivity transportation solution, it is used worldwide for island hopping and commuter travel, offering flexible quick-change interior options in its configurable 19-passenger cabin. Additionally, its robust fuselage, convertible cabin and exceptional performance capabilities allow for effective industrial support, critical infrastructure, environmental monitoring, special missions, and cargo transport operations.

The Twin Otter Series 400 provides the versatility, flexibility and performance to satisfy a wide variety of operational requirements. More than 140 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft have been delivered to customers around the world.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world's harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. https://dehavilland.com

For further information contact:

Philippa King
De Havilland Canada
philippa.king@dehavilland.com

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