New-generation Twin Otter from De Havilland Canada


De Havilland Canada has launched the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G at the Paris International Air Show. At the announcement, the company also noted combined purchase agreements and letters of intent totalling 45 aircraft.

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

Exterior of the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G with a cutaway showing interior seats

The DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G offers a Garmin G1000 NXi flight deck, a redesigned cabin interior, two engine options, and more payload and range

“With the same rugged airframe, propelled by Pratt & Whitney technology, the lighter weight Classic 300-G will deliver increased payload range and decreased operating costs for our customers,” added Chafe. “Along with an all-new cabin interior and flight deck featuring the Garmin G1000 NXi fully integrated avionics suite, De Havilland Canada is once again driving the utility transport aircraft market forward.”

“De Havilland Canada continues to shape aviation with innovative utility aircraft, and we are proud to offer our G1000 NXi integrated flight deck with the latest version of the iconic DHC-6 Twin Otter,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The G1000 NXi will bring wireless cockpit connectivity, enhanced situational awareness, visual approach capability, and our fully integrated GFC 700 autopilot with envelope protection to the Classic 300-G aircraft.”

Interior of the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G

The completely redesigned cabin of the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G provides more natural light and features new integrated passenger service units with LED lights and gaspers.

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 medevac operations, and perform special missions. When mounted on amphibious floats, these aircraft can move seamlessly between paved surfaces and water-landing areas.

As De Havilland Canada continues to grow its footprint in Canadian aerospace, the company said the launch of the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G would bolster the local economy by creating 80 and 91 permanent production jobs in Calgary (Alberta) and Victoria (British Columbia) respectively.

Top view of DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G with floats, showing interior configuration

The DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G’s 400-500 lb basic weight reduction means more payload and/or longer range capability

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