|Hubs||Juan Santamaría International Airport|
|Headquarters||San José, Costa Rica|
|Key people||Alex Khajavi (CEO & Founder)|
Nature Air is an airline based in San José, Costa Rica. It operates scheduled international and domestic services, as well as regional charter services. Its main base is Juan Santamaría International Airport, San José. It is the world's first carbon neutral airline.
The airline was founded in 1990 as Travel Air. In 2000 a tourism consulting company called Naturegate remodeled the airline together with a group of Costa Rican aviation experts and renamed it Nature Air.
In 2004 they became the World's first Carbon Neutral airline through a government certified compensation program. The airline tallies total tons of carbon released from the fuel burned each year in flight and ground operations. They then donate annual funds to FONAFIFO, a forest financing division of the Environment Ministry, to preserve important tracts of rainforest land in the Osa Peninsula.
To improve fuel efficiency a total of 7%, the airline has optimized flight schedules and routes, in-flight procedures and has minimized taxi time on the runways. Aerotica, a division of Nature Air, produces biodiesel fuel that is used in 90% of the company's ground vehicles and generators. The fuel is made from recycled vegetable oils collected from employees, local hotels and restaurants.
The airline also funds the NatureKids Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing language and computing education in the regions Nature Air flies to.
Nature Air operates services to the following scheduled destinations:
- Arenal, Costa Rica
- Drake Bay, Costa Rica
- Golfito, Costa Rica
- Liberia, Costa Rica
- Nosara, Costa Rica
- Palmar Sur, Costa Rica
- Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica
- Punta Islita, Costa Rica
- Quepos, Costa Rica
- San José, Costa Rica
- Tamarindo, Costa Rica
- Tambor, Costa Rica
- Tortuguero, Costa Rica
The fleet of Nature Air consists of the following aircraft:
|De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300||4||19|
|Cessna 208B Grand Caravan||2||12|
Incidents and accidents
The following major incidents and accidents have occurred on Nature Air aircraft:
|Flight||Date||Aircraft||Location||Passengers and crew||Injuries|
|Fatal||Serious||Minor||Ground or other injuries/fatalities|
|N/A||December 16, 2005||Twin Otter||Tamarindo, Costa Rica||8||0||0||All|
|N/A||December 1, 2008||Twin Otter||Tobías Bolaños International Airport, San José||15||0||0||0|
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