Avrora Airlines will receive five Twin Otter 400 airplanes for flights to the Kuril Islands

According to the web resourceATO.RU,Aurora Airlines will receive five DHC-6 Twin Otter 400 turboprop aircraft for flights to the Kuril Islands. This is reported by the government of the Sakhalin region. Aeroflot and the authorities of Sakhalin, which own 51 and 49% of the carrier’s shares, respectively, capitalize the operator to acquire the aircraft.
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Aircraft Viking Air Twin Otter 400 Airlines "Aurora" (registration RA-67285) (c) "Aurora"
The governor of the region, Oleg Kozhemyako, said that it was planned to organize the first direct flight from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Shikotan Island. In the summer of 2018 there will begin construction of the runway. Regular flights between Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Paramushir Island will also be restored, where they will build a new runway.
Aurora already has experience operating DHC-6 Twin Otter 400 aircraft manufactured by the Canadian company Viking Air in the Far Eastern Federal District (DFO).She received a certificate of 10,000 flight hours on this type of aircraft. Now there are three such aircraft in its fleet, designed to carry up to 19 passengers. These aircraft can be used on short runways with a length of 360 meters.
Currently, flights in the Sakhalin region, including the islands of Iturup and Kunashir, use turboprop aircraft Bombardier Q400, and between 2016 Kunashir and Shikotan, air traffic has been resumed by the Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter. According to the Federal Air Transport Agency, the Aurora Park now consists of 10 Airbus A319, 11 Bombardier DHC-8 and three DHC-6 Twin Otter.
The Russian government is paying increased attention to the Far Eastern region. At the end of 2017, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed to reset the VAT on flights for operators flying in the Far Eastern Federal District. He also ordered a number of departments to develop mechanisms for updating the air fleet and the reconstruction of a number of airports in the region.

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