Malaysian Airlines has signed a deal with Canada’s Viking Air to take six new 19-seat Twin Otter Series 400s for use in scheduled service by its regional subsidiary MASwings. Viking plans to deliver all the airplanes by the end of next year.
MASwings will launch service with the new airplanes from its regional/commuter base of Kota Kinabalu on the west coast of Sabah state. There, the new aircraft will join MASwings’ existing fleet of three legacy de Havilland Canada Twin Otters and serve the airline’s theater of operations in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak, the two Malaysian states in Borneo. MASwings also operates 10 ATR 72-500s and holds an order for 13 new ATR 72-600s.
The sale adds the first flag carrier to Viking Air’s list of customers and marks the first commitment by a Malaysian customer for the new airplane, which has now drawn orders from operators in 19 countries.