Zimex Aviation (XM, Zurich) has ordered two DHC-6-300-Gs directly from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada and will become the type's launch customer.

"The Twin Otter aircraft has been the cornerstone of our operations for over four decades, and we are delighted to welcome the new Classic 300-G into our fleet. As the first operator of this exceptional aircraft series with EASA approval, we take immense pride in it, which also highlights our capabilities as a De Havilland-Endorsed Service Centre," Chief Executive Daniele Cereghetti said.

The parties did not disclose any expected delivery timeline.

The DHC-6-300-G is the fifth generation of the Twin Otter model. While based on the -300 variant, it will feature updated avionics with additional range and payload. De Havilland plans to build the variant alongside the DHC-6-400. India's flybig (FLG, Indore) was the first airline to announce their choice of the -300-G variant but only signed a Letter of Intent for ten units and not a firm order.

The ch-aviation fleets module shows that Zimex Aviation currently operates eight DHC-6-300s and two -400s, alongside a fleet of ATR - Avions de Transport Régional turboprops. The airline's subsidiary Zimex Aviation Austria (ZX, Salzburg) operates two ATR42-320(F)s exclusively.