Orca Airways unveils newly refurbished PA-21-350
Oct. 22, 2013, Vancouver - Orca Airways Ltd., the leading airline providing daily scheduled flights between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and charter services throughout North America, today unveiled its newly refurbished Navajo Chieftan PA-21-350 aircraft — the first plane in the company's fleet to undergo extensive upgrades including exterior paint design and original tail artwork by renowned Canadian First Nations artist and storyteller, Roy Henry Vickers.
"I've flown with Orca Airways for many years and have enjoyed the attention to good service they provide," said Roy Henry Vickers. "Recently, I began to think of doing a design for the planes. The ocean, the orca dorsal fin and people were all components of the thought process that led to the design and artwork that I am honoured to have Orca incorporating into their new look."
Orca Airways plans to standardize on the Roy Henry Vickers design as part of a complete refurbishment program for its fleet of more than 20 aircraft. Other upgrades include interior makeovers and new avionics equipment.
"In addition to the truly beautiful exterior paint scheme, we are the first local carrier to have our passenger aircraft avionics systems upgraded to the Transport Canada TAWS (terrain avoidance) criteria being mandated in 2014," said Andrew Naysmith, president and CEO of Orca Airways.