The first DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 turboprop ordered by Russia’s government-owned oil company Rosneft arrived at Krasnoyarsk on December 23. The second airframe of the type produced by Viking Air has completed acceptance procedures and will be ferried from Canada to Siberia early in 2016, a source told Russian Aviation Insider.
The aircraft is accepted and ferried to Russia by AeroGeo airline, which won Rosneft’s tender for the services in November. RN-Aircraft, Rosneft’s corporate aircraft operator signed the deal with Viking Air in August, according to which the batch of ten 19-seat aircraft will be delivered to Russia before the end of the next year. The aircraft will be used to carry shift workers to oil fields in Krasnoyarsk region, and may enter service in the first half of 2016.
Rosneft has not yet decided on the operator of the DHC-6s. RN-Aircraft does not have an Air Operator Certificate, the source said. Besides the AeroGeo, there another candidate for the job, Surgut-based air carrier Skol, which has an affiliate in Krasnoyarsk. AeroGeo already disposes of trained staff and a maintenance center approved for servicing Pratt & Whitney Canada РТ6А-34 engines. It was also the only participant in RN-Aircraft’s tenders for maintenance of the aircraft and storage of spares and tooling for the DHC-6s. The contracts for the total of $280,000 were signed in December.
Skol has just started to train its specialists for the type operation.