DeHavilland introduces lighter Twin Otter

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has launched the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G.

According to Brian Chafe, CEO of De Havilland Canada, the lighter weight Classic 300-G will deliver increased payload and range.

De Havilland Canada has launched the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G. (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

It uses the same airframe, and Pratt & Whitney engine as the sister plane. It also has an all-new cabin interior and flight deck with a Garmin G1000 NXi fully integrated avionics suite.

The company announced at the Paris Air Show this week that it has purchase agreements and letters of intent for 45 aircraft.

“For over 50 years, the DHC-6 Twin Otter has stood alone as the most reliable and versatile aircraft in its class,” Chafe said. “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.

The Garmin cockpit includes wireless connectivity, enhanced situational awareness, visual approach capability, and integrated GFC 700 autopilot with envelope protection.

The Classic 300-G is the fifth generation of the Twin Otter aircraft, joining the current Series 400. All DHC-6 Twin Otters carry passengers, transport VIPs, move cargo, conduct medivac operations, and perform special missions in the world’s most unforgiving environments. When mounted on amphibious floats, these aircraft move seamlessly between paved surfaces and water-landing areas.

As De Havilland Canada continues to grow its footprint in Canadian aerospace, the launch of the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G will create 80 and 91 permanent production jobs in Calgary, and Victoria, British Columbia, respectively.