Air Antilles (3S, Pointe à Pitre) ordered two DHC-6-400s from Viking Air (VKN, Victoria Int'l) during the 2019 Paris Air Show at Paris Le Bourget.

The two turboprops will deliver by the end of 2019 and will replace the two -300s currently operated by the Guadeloupean carrier. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, the two older generation Twin Otters are 38.8 years old on average and are used to run flights to St. Maarten from Basseterre, Nevis, Saba, and Saint Eustatius, as well as between Saint Barthélemy and Pointe à Pitre.

The new aircraft will be configured for up to 19 passengers, the same as the -300s.

Air Antilles will become the first operator of the -400 in the Caribbean. It will also seek to obtain EASA certification for steep-approach operations.

"Our knowledge of the Twin Otter's exceptional flight capabilities, ease of maintenance, high dispatch reliability and suitability for our operations made selection of the Viking Series 400 a natural choice for upgrading our fleet," chairman of Guyane Aero Invest, the parent of Air Antilles, Eric Kourry said.

A subsidiary of Air Guyane, Air Antilles also operates six Avions de Transport Régional turboprops: three ATR42-500s, one -600, and two ATR72-600s.