De Havilland launches new Twin Otter variant

The launch customer signing ceremony for the new Twin Otter. Photo: © IFN News

Canadian manufacturer De Havilland announced the launch of a new Twin Otter variant at the Paris Air Show. The new variant is a derivative of the DHC-6-300 and is called Twin Otter DHC-6 Classic 300-G. Unlike the previous generation of the aircraft, this improved and modernized version features a brand new glass cockpit equipped with Garmin instruments, a redesigned interior and weight improvements.

A rendering of the new Twin Otter. Image: © de Havilland

According to De Havilland, the new variant already has commitments and letter of intents for 45 aircraft with British company Jetcraft being the launch customer for 10 aircraft. Deliveries of the new aircraft will commence in 2024.

The CEO of De Havilland, Brian Chafe, commented on the announcement: “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. 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.”