West Coast Air

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IATA ICAO Callsign
Hubs Vancouver Harbour Aerodrome
Secondary hubs Vancouver Int'l Aerodrome
Victoria Inner Harbour Airport
Nanaimo Harbour Aerodrome
Fleet size 3
Destinations 7
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia
Website www.westcoastair.com

West Coast Air is a Canadian scheduled airline operating de Havilland Canada float planes. It offers scheduled flights from downtown Vancouver and the Richmond Floatplane base at Vancouver International Airport to Victoria, Nanaimo, Comox, the Sunshine Coast, and Whistler. The company also flies tours and private charters. Harbour Air Seaplanes of Vancouver acquired West Coast Air and consolidated the two airlines' terminal and services on March 31, 2010.


A West Coast Air De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (2011).

Destinations as of February 2010: [2]


As of June 2015 the West Coast Air fleet included the following aircraft: [3]

A West Coast Air float plane landing on Vancouver's waterfront
West Coast Air
Aircraft Count
Variants Notes
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 2 2 DHC-6-200 18 passengers
Eurocopter 0 1 EC120B helicopter


  • On 1 November 2000 a company de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter had just departed the Vancouver Harbour Water Aerodrome en route to Victoria when its number 2 engine failed at 50 to 100 ft (15 to 30 m). Even though the aircraft was being flown above VMC it impacted the water about 25 seconds later in a nose-down, right wing-low attitude. The two crew members and 15 passengers all escaped unharmed and were rescued by local watercraft present in the harbour. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada concluded that "Since most air taxi and commuter operators use their own aircraft rather than a simulator for pilot proficiency training, higher-risk emergency scenarios can only be practiced at altitude and discussed in the classroom. As a result, pilots do not gain the benefit of a realistic experience during training." As a result of this accident the company revised its training programs with "increased emphasis on aircraft handling and emergency procedures in response to loss of power at low altitude and low airspeed."[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Airlinecodes.co.uk (November 2008). "The Airline Codes Web Site". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  2. ^ Route Schedules
  3. ^ West Coast Air - Transport Canada
  4. ^ Transportation Safety Board of Canada (November 2000). "Aviation Investigation Report Loss of Power and Collision with Water West Coast Air de Havilland DHC-6" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  5. ^ Aviation Safety Network (August 2003). "Accident description". Retrieved 2010-02-11. 

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