Harbour Air Seaplanes

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Not to be confused with Bar Harbor Airlines or Harbor Airlines.
Harbour Air Seaplanes
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1982
Hubs Vancouver Harbour
Victoria Inner Harbour
Secondary hubs Vancouver International
Nanaimo Harbour
Focus cities Vancouver, Richmond, Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Comox, Whistler, Gulf Islands
Frequent-flyer program High Flyer Rewards, Air Bucks Program, Quickticket Discounts
Fleet size 55+[2]
Destinations 8+[3]
Company slogan Your Travel Experience. Elevated
Headquarters Richmond, British Columbia
Key people -Greg McDougall, CEO
-Peter Evans, President
-Doug Hamerton, VP Maintenance
-Randy Wright, VP Business Development
-Chad Wetsch, VP Ground Operations
-Meredith Moll, VP Sales and Marketing
-Eric Scott, VP Flight Operations and Safety
-Mark Riddell, VP Finance
Website www.harbourair.com

Harbour Air Seaplanes is a scheduled service, tour and charter airline based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The all-seaplane airline specializes in routes between Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, Sechelt, Comox, Whistler and the Gulf Islands, primarily with de Havilland Canada floatplanes. Along with West Coast Air and Whistler Air, it operates de Havilland Beavers, Otters and Twin Otters. Harbour Air were at one time assigned IATA code H3.


The airline was established and started operations in 1982 as Windoak Air Service to provide seaplane charter services for the forestry industry in British Columbia. In 1993, Harbour Air purchased Trans-Provincial Airlines, added charter flights to resorts, and increased scheduled services. Today, Harbour Air refers to itself as the world's largest all-seaplane airline and became North America's first carbon neutral airline. A small subsidiary, Harbour Air Malta, was set up in June 2007 and a DHC-3 Turbo Otter floatplane is permanently based in Valletta, Malta for scheduled flights to Gozo and sightseeing trips around the islands.[4] Harbour Air Magazine is the official in-flight magazine of Harbour Air.[5]

On May 9, 2012 Harbour Air purchased Whistler Air.[6]

In September 2013, Harbour Air launched a land-based charter carrier, Tantalus Air.[7]

Awards & Accolades[edit]

  • 2009 - BC Top 55 Employers, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies
  • 2010 - BC Top 55 Employers, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies
  • 2011 - BC Top 55 Employers, BC Top 100 Employers for Young People, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, Business of the Year on Vancouver Island (Business Examiner Awards), Business of the Year (Victoria Chamber of Commerce), Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experience Award
  • 2012 - Canada's top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Waterstone Human Capital), Cumberbatch Trophy (Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators)

In 2007, Harbour Air became the first airline in North America to achieve complete carbon neutrality in both flight services and corporate operations. Teamed up with Vancouver Based Offsetters, the airline started to include a carbon offset on each ticket used to mitigate the environmental impact of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG's) associated with the flight. Offsetters is the pre-eminent provider of offsets in Canada. All offset funds are third-party verified and invested in renewable energy efficiency projects that would not have taken place without funding from individuals and companies like Harbour Air. Every Offsetters project is validated and verified to be real, additional, verifiable and socially beneficial.

On February 16, 2010, Deloitte Canada announced that Harbour Air was a winner of a 2009 Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Award.[8] This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Commercial Banking, National Post and Queen's School of Business.

On March 31, 2010, Harbour Air completed the acquisition of West Coast Air and consolidated their terminal services.[9]

On May 20, 2011, Harbour Air grounded its service from Victoria Harbour to Langley Regional Airport due to low passenger numbers and fuel price surges.[10]


Destinations as of June 2011:[3]


A Harbour Air De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver in Richmond in June 2006

As of October 2015, the Harbour Air fleet consisted of 34 aircraft and 39 registered with Transport Canada:[2][11]

Harbour Air
Aircraft Count
Variants Notes
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 2 2 DHC-6-200 18 passengers
operated by Westcoast Air
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter 21 21 DHC-3-T Turbo Otter 10-14 passengers
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 9 14 Beaver I 5-6 passengers
Pilatus PC-12 1 1 PC-12/47E 6-8 passengers
operated by Tantalus Air
Cessna 185 Skywagon 0 1 Cessna 185F 1-3 passengers
Cessna 172 0 1 172M 3 passengers
Robinson R44 0 1 II helicopter


An Otter of Harbour Air in the harbour at Valletta 
DHC-2 Beaver at Vancouver Harbour 
A lineup of 2 DHC-2's and a DHC-3 
The vertical stabilizer of a Harbour Air DHC-2 

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