PARIS – De Havilland Canada, has announced today at the 2023 Paris Air Show, the launch of a new generation of its DHC-6 “Twin Otter” series, with improved flight performance and enhanced passenger comfort.
The new airframe, designated as DHC-6-300G “Classic” incorporates aerodynamic improvements, new avionics, and propulsion to offer lower costs to prospective regional operators. The DHC-6 Twin Otter family is mainly used as a small regional aircraft for operation in remote airports that do not have access to larger aircraft.
“For over 50 years, the DHC-6 Twin Otter has stood alone as the most reliable and versatile aircraft in its class. After extensive consultation with our customers, we are poised and proud to take this iconic aircraft to new heights with the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G,” Brian Chafe, CEO of De Havilland Canada, said in a press statement.
“With the same rugged airframe, propelled by Pratt & Whitney technology, the lighter weight Classic 300-G will deliver increased payload range and decreased operating costs for our customers,” added Chafe. “Along with an all-new cabin interior and flight deck featuring the Garmin G1000® NXi fully integrated avionics suite, De Havilland Canada is once again driving the utility transport aircraft market forward.”
The ‘Otter’ Gets ‘Hotter’ in the Market
The new iteration of the Twin Otter has kicked off the first trading day of the 2023 Paris Air Show, with orders and commitments for 45 aircraft, from which 10 are destined to the Indian carrier Flybig Airlines (S9), and another 10 to the leasing company Jetcraft. The remaining 25 units remain undisclosed.
Among the largest operators of the type are airlines flying between island archipelagos, such as Winair (WM), Trans Maldivian Airways (M8), and Loganair (LM).
The De Havilland Canada Twin Otter Classic can seat up to 19 passengers in a single one-class configuration using a 2-1 layout. DeHavilland Canada claims that the new generation plane will attain improved flight performance and increased payload and range, while reducing the take-off distance.
De Havilland Canada at the Paris Air Show
De Havilland Canada is showcasing its product line at the 2023 Paris Air Show where it will display a Twin Otter featuring a colorful blue camo livery. Your Airways team is live covering the event, and we cordially invite you follow the latest announcements and developments in our social media outlets on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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