Philippines’ Island Aviation acquires two De Havilland Twin Otters

A de Havilland Twin Otter in flight
Photo Credit: De Havilland Canada

LONDON – Island Aviation, a charter airline based in the Philippines has signed a firm purchase agreement with De Havilland Aircraft of Canada to acquire two new Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.

The move marks a return to Twin Otter charter operations, with the slated launch of a service from Manila.

“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 the Twin Otter

The Twin Otter has earned a reputation around the globe for its reliability in a variety of extreme environments. The Twin Otter also boasts unrivaled versatility within each of its many operational applications.

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.

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 Island Aviation

Founded in 2003 as A. Soriano Aviation, Inc., Island Aviation is a charter airline based in the Philippines. The operator conducts both scheduled and non-scheduled services

Island Aviation currently operates three 19-passenger capacity Dornier 228 twin-turbine powered propeller (turboprop) aircraft to support its requirements.

The Dornier 228 is a twin-engine Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft and regional airliner with a maximum 19-passenger capacity produced by the German manufacturer Dornier GmbH. Today, it is produced by RUAG Aerospace Services GmbH as the Do 228NG.

De Havilland Aircraft Canada

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe.

Its aircraft are renowned for reliable operations 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.

The range of De Havilland aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance.

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