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Viking opens new head office and manufacturing facility

Jan. 29, 2010, Victoria, B.C. - To support expanding operations for the Series 400 Twin Otter production and ongoing de Havilland legacy aircraft operators' customer support, Viking has added a new 84,000sq.ft. facility at its Victoria, B.C. location. 


January 29, 2010
Carey Fredericks

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The main entrance and reception area of the new Viking Corporate Head Office, located at 1959 de Havilland Way, Victoria International Airport.  

The new building was officially opened in December 2009,
and will serve as Viking's corporate head quarters and main manufacturing
facility.  The additional space has
allowed Viking to customize and develop production operations in line with
leading-edge quality systems and continuous improvement targets, crucial to
supporting the Series 400 Twin Otter production program launched in 2007.

The new building is situated next to Viking's existing heritage building that will continue to house
Viking's Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO) and Esso Fixed Base Operation
(FBO).  With prime air side
location at the Victoria International Airport, the space now made available in
the heritage building will facilitate growth of Viking's MRO, which has made a
commitment to support the growing international fleet of legacy de Havilland
aircraft and new Series 400 Twin Otters.

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The new 84,000 sq. ft. Viking corporate head office, housing Twin Otter Series 400 production and legacy de Havilland spares manufacturing.  

Viking's MRO has developed extensive policies and quality
processes to obtain and maintain international regulatory approvals, including
Transport Canada, the Federal Aviation Authority, and most recently, EASA
(European Aviation Safety Agency) Part 145 maintenance organizational
approval.  The addition of EASA
certification will allow the company to perform and certify maintenance on
European registered aircraft and products, and will expand Viking's quality and
operational offerings, better to service existing and future customers around
the world, and vital for the continued support of the aircraft product line.
 

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Viking
launched the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 production program in 2007, and
has a current backlog estimated at over $200M.  Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de
Havilland heritage aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7), and is part of Westerkirk
Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in
the hospitality, aviation and real estate sectors.