Harbour Air Seaplanes

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Harbour Air Seaplanes
HarbourAirSeaplanesheader logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsVancouver Harbour
Victoria Inner Harbour
Secondary hubsVancouver International
Nanaimo Harbour
Focus citiesVancouver, Richmond, Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Comox, Whistler, Gulf Islands
Frequent-flyer programHigh Flyer Rewards, Air Bucks Program, Quickticket Discounts
Fleet size34,[3] 42[4]
Company sloganYour Travel Experience. Elevated
HeadquartersRichmond, 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

Harbour Air Seaplanes is a scheduled floatplane service, tour and charter airline based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The predominately seaplane airline specializes in routes between Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, Sechelt, Comox, Whistler and the Gulf Islands, primarily with de Havilland Canada floatplanes. Along with Westcoast Air, Salt Spring Air and Whistler Air, it operates de Havilland Beavers, Otters and Twin Otters.


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

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.[6] Harbour Air Magazine is the official in-flight magazine of Harbour Air.[7]

On May 9, 2012 Harbour Air purchased Whistler Air.[8]

In September 2013, Harbour Air launched a land-based charter carrier, Tantalus Air.[9][10]

In November 2015, Harbour Air purchased Salt Spring Air.

Harbour Air and Kenmore Air started a new seaplane service between Downtown Vancouver, and Downtown Seattle on April 26, 2018

In March of 2019, Harbour Air announced a partnership with magniX to electrify the entire Harbour Air fleet. The two companies are planning to begin tests in late 2019; the first converted aircraft will be a DHC-2 Beaver.[11]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Harbour Air has won the following awards:[12]

  • 2009 to 2014 – Canada's Best Managed Companies
  • 2009 to 2011 – BC's Top 55 Employers
  • 2011 – BC's Top 100 Employers for Young People
  • 2011 – Business of the Year: Victoria Chamber of Commerce
  • 2011 – Canada Tourism Commission Signature Experience Award
  • 2011/2016 – Business of the Year on Vancouver Island: Business Examiner / Business Vancouver Island
  • 2012 – Cumberbatch Award: Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators
  • 2012/2015 – Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures
  • 2015 – Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Awards – Outstanding Customer Service
  • 2015 – VISA Canada Traveller Experience of the Year/ Tourism Industry Association of Canada

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. The funds are invested in renewable energy projects.[13]

On February 16, 2010, Deloitte Canada announced that Harbour Air was a winner of a 2009 Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Award.[14] This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Post and Queen's School of Business.

On March 31, 2010, Harbour Air completed the acquisition of Westcoast Air and consolidated their terminal services.[15]

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.[16]

In November 2015, Salt Spring Air was purchased by the Harbour Air Group. Salt Spring Air's fleet now joins Harbour Air, Westcoast Air and Whistler Air as the largest seaplane airline in the world.


Harbour Air floatplane at Victoria's Inner Harbour Airport
Harbour Air hangar at the Vancouver International Airport
Seaplane taking off, Middle Harbour, Victoria, British Columbia

As of February 2016 Harbour Air serves the following destinations in British Columbia:[5][17]


As of June 2019, the Harbour Air fleet consisted of 37 aircraft and 40 registered with Transport Canada:[3][4] In March 2019, Harbour Air announced plans to convert an aircraft to run on electricity, and eventually to convert its entire fleet. The first plane to be converted would be a DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver. [18]

Harbour Air
Aircraft No. of aircraft
(HA list)
No. of aircraft
(TC list)
Variants Notes
Cessna 172 0 1 172M 3 passengers
Cessna 180 0 1 180J Operated by West Coast Air.
Cessna 185 0 1 185F 1–3 passengers
Cessna 208 Caravan 1 1 Caravan Amphibian 208B 9 passengers, operated by Tantalus Air
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 10 14 DHC-2, DHC-2 MK. I 5–6 passengers
de Havilland Canada DHC-3-T Turbo Otter 20 21 DHC-3-T Turbo Otter 10–14 passengers
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 3 3 200 Series, 300 Series 18 passengers.
34 42


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airline Codes Search
  2. ^ Airline Codes Search
  3. ^ a b Aircraft Fleet
  4. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Harbour Air". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2019-06-20.,
    "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for West Coast Air". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2016-02-16.,
    "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Tantalus Air". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  5. ^ a b Flight Schedules
  6. ^ Corporate
  7. ^ In Flight Magazine Archived 2011-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Whistler Air purchased by largest all-seaplane airline, Harbour Air , Peak Magazine May 10, 2012.
  9. ^ Spruce, Terry (September 21, 2013). "Harbour Air launches Tantalus Air". Corporate Jet Investigator. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  10. ^ Tantalus Air Archived 2016-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ https://www.aviationcv.com/aviation-blog/2019/harbour-air-electric-aircraft
  12. ^ Awards
  13. ^ Carbon Neutrality & Responsible Airline Operations
  14. ^ Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies announced
  15. ^ Fact Sheet Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Harbour Air grounds Langley-to-Victoria service". bclocalnews.com. May 6, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  17. ^ Route Map
  18. ^ Bell, Jeff; March 26, Victoria Times Colonist Updated:; 2019 (2019-03-26). "Harbour Air to add zero-emission electric plane; aims to convert whole fleet | Vancouver Sun". Retrieved 2019-03-26.

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