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Orca Airways’ Aircraft Updates Feature Acclaimed Canadian Artist Roy Henry Vickers

Vancouver-based Airline’s Upgrade Program Includes
Colorful, Ocean-Themed Exterior Makeover


Vancouver, BC, October 22, 2013Orca Airways Ltd., the leading airline providing daily scheduled flights between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and charter services throughout North America, today unveiled its newly refurbished Navajo Chieftan PA-21-350 aircraft – the first plane in the company’s fleet to undergo extensive upgrades including exterior paint design and original tail artwork by renowned Canadian First Nations artist and storyteller, Roy Henry Vickers.

“I’ve flown with Orca Airways for many years and have enjoyed the attention to good service they provide,” said Roy Henry Vickers. “Recently, I began to think of doing a design for the planes. The ocean, the orca dorsal fin and people were all components of the thought process that led to the design and artwork that I am honoured to have Orca incorporating into their new look.”

Photo: Artist Roy Henry Vickers (left) and Orca Airways president and CEO Andrew Naysmith with the company’s newly updated Navajo Chieftain featuring Vickers’ original design.

Orca Airways plans to standardize on the Roy Henry Vickers design as part of a complete refurbishment program for its fleet of more than 20 aircraft. Other upgrades include interior makeovers and new avionics equipment.


“In addition to the truly beautiful exterior paint scheme, we are the first local carrier to have our passenger aircraft avionics systems upgraded to the Transport Canada TAWS (terrain avoidance) criteria being mandated in 2014,” said Andrew Naysmith, president and CEO of Orca Airways.

About Orca Airways www.flyorcaair.com
Founded in 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Orca Airways is a safety-driven, performance based airline company focused on training, customer service, effective leadership, employee relationships and effective enterprise management. Occupying 22,500 square feet of office and hanger space at Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal, the company’s fleet of more than 20 aircraft provide daily scheduled flights between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and charter services throughout North America.

About Roy Henry Vickers www.royhenryvickers.com
Roy Henry Vickers is one of Canada's most respected and celebrated artists, and an important leader among the First Nations community. Best known for his painting and prints, he has been recognized through awards and honours including induction to the Order of Canada (2006), receipt of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2003), the Order Of British Columbia (1998), and Queens Diamond Jubilee (2012) and inclusion as the first ever (and only) artist to rank in Maclean's Magazine's 'Annual List of Extraordinary Canadian Achievers' (1994).

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