Canadian Manufacturing

Viking Air, Heroux-Devtek renew deal for Twin Otter landing gear

Quebec-based Heroux-Devtek said deal for Twin Otter nose landing gear could be worth $20 million



HAMPSHIRE, U.K.—Heroux-Devtek Inc. announced it has renewed a deal with Viking Air Ltd. for the Quebec-based firm to build the nose landing gear for the Twin Otter aircraft.

Announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in England, Heroux-Devtek said the multi-year deal to build landing gear for the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft could be worth as much as $20 million.

“Heroux-Devtek designed the original de Havilland (Aircraft of Canada Ltd.) legacy Twin Otter’s landing gear in the 1960s, and this well-established program has been one of the Canadian aerospace industry’s flagships ever since,” Heroux-Devtek president and CEO Gilles Labbé said in a statement.

“This longevity not only testifies to the quality of the aircraft, but it also highlights the extent over which revenues from life-cycle design programs can be earned. Heroux-Devtek is proud to further contribute to the success of the best-selling 19-passenger commuter airplane in the world.”

The contract renewal extends the current agreement between the two companies through the end of the 2018 calendar, and also includes aftermarket component production.

“Heroux-Devtek’s experience with the Twin Otter aircraft has made them a trusted supplier to Viking since the inception of the Series 400 program,” said Stephen Hemphill, vice-president of supply chain with Viking.

“(Its) ability to reliably provide quality components for our Series 400 production has made them integral to our success as a world class manufacturing organization.”

Heroux-Devtek has manufacturing operations in Quebec, Ontario and Ohio.

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