SAN MARCOS, TEXAS, November 11, 2013 - Berry Aviation, Inc. (BAI) announced today that it has recently made several fleet additions. The aircraft acquired are three de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otters and one Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia, all purchased by the company.
The Series 300 Twin Otters were acquired to support BAI’s expanding contract airlift services for the US Department of Defense (DOD), a segment of the company that has experienced healthy growth in recent years. Two of these Twin Otters were dispatched to Burkina Faso, Africa to provide short take-off and landing (STOL) services to the DOD throughout the Trans-Sahara region. There they will provide passenger, aerial delivery, casualty evacuation, and cargo airlift support services.
“We are excited to expand into Africa utilizing the Twin Otter. It is highly regarded for its reliability and is well suited for utility air transportation in remote and austere environments,” commented Sonny Berry, CEO and President.
The third Twin Otter will remain at the company’s headquarters in San Marcos, Texas to be used for training exercises.
The Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia was added to expand BAI’s On-Demand Cargo (ODC) operational capabilities. Berry Aviation acquired its first EMB-120 in June 2012 and shortly thereafter decided, based on market demand, to purchase a second one. Both planes perform cargo airlift primarily throughout North America.
In regards to this, Sonny Berry added, “The Embraer 120’s payload capabilities serve to diversify our On-Demand Cargo offering. We feel that the addition of this airframe will allow us to expand our ODC line of business.”
These additions bring BAI’s current fleet to 25 aircraft:
• 3 Fairchild Metro II
• 7 Fairchild Metro III
• 4 Fairchild Metro III Heavy
• 4 de Havilland Canada DHC-8-200
• 3 de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300
• 2 Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia
• 2 Dornier DO 328-120
***BAI also operates four US Army owned UH-72 Lakota Helicopters
Berry Aviation, Inc. (www.berryaviation.com) is a trusted leader in private aviation, with a portfolio of services that includes Government, Private Charter, Scheduled and On-Demand Freight, Maintenance, and FBO operations. Since its foundation in 1983, BAI has grown into a dynamic, customer-focused company with the knowledge, experience and manpower to operate on short notice with turnkey safe aviation services. More information on the company’s awards, services, certifications, history, and industry leadership can be found on the website.