Twin Otter

Flotte - Twin Otter - Chapo

Given the specific nature of its network, Air Tahiti chose the ATR as the aircraft best suited to the majority of its routes. However, some smaller airstrips are inaccessible to this type of aircraft. These are operated by Twin Otter or Beechcraft machines. Here you will find out the characteristics of the Twin Otter DHC6-300.


  • Number: Two, one of which belongs to the French Polynesian government
  • Manufactured in: Canada
  • Propulsion: Twin turboprop
  • Seats: 19
  • Speed: 270 km/h (168 mph)
  • Payload: 1.4 tons
  • Hold: 3,568 m3/351 kg (774 lb)
  • Cruising altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)


Maimum hold dimensions, volume and load for Twin Otters

  Front load ​​​​​​​ Rear load
Dimensions of access doors


75 x 53 x 69 cm
(29 x 21 x 27 in)

95 x 65 x 91 cm
(37 x 25 x 36 in)


1,076 m3

2,492 m3
Maximum load


125 kg (275 lb)

226 kg (498 lb)



The Twin Otter DHC6-300 is an aircraft designed to take off and land on short runways. It is therefore particularly well suited to certain airstrips in French Polynesia.

Meanwhile, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27S engines provide the Twin Otter DHC6-300 with an excellent level of performance:

  • A cruising speed of 150 knots
  • A climb rate of 1,600 feet per minute

Cabin plan