Harbour Air Seaplanes

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Harbour Air Seaplanes is a scheduled floatplane service, tour and charter airline based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The predominantly 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.

Harbour Air Seaplanes
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IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #Canada: 4001[a][2]
Tantalus Air: 17401[3]
United States: 1H6F426F[4]
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 size40,[5] 43[6]
HeadquartersRichmond, British Columbia
Key peopleGreg McDougall, CEO
Peter Evans, President


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.[8] 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.[9] Harbour Air Magazine is the official in-flight magazine of Harbour Air.[10]

On May 9, 2012 Harbour Air purchased Whistler Air.[11]

In September 2013, Harbour Air launched a land-based charter carrier, Tantalus Air.[12][13]

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 2019, Harbour Air announced a partnership with magniX to electrify the entire Harbour Air fleet over the long term.[14] Harbour Air has noted that its initial electric-powered commercial flights will be on routes of under 30 minutes' duration.[15] The first converted aircraft was a DHC-2 Beaver which serves as the test prototype for the magniX motor, energy storage, and control systems.[14] The prototype flew for the first time on December 10, 2019.[16][17] The company hopes to have the aircraft certified for commercial use by 2021.[18][19]

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.[20]

On February 16, 2010, Deloitte Canada announced that Harbour Air was a winner of a 2009 Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies Award.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

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 and now claims to be largest seaplane airline in the world.[24]

In March 2019, Harbour Air announced plans to convert an aircraft to run on electricity, which would serve as a test prototype during a two-year duration regulatory approval process, and eventually hopes to convert its entire fleet to electric propulsion. The first plane to be converted is a DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver.[25]

On December 10, 2019, the electric prototype made its first flight over 4 minutes off the Fraser River near Vancouver. The Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior piston engine of the six-passenger ePlane is replaced by a 750 hp (559 kW), 135 kg (297 lb) magni500, with swappable batteries allowing 30 min flights plus 30 min of reserve power. Harbour Air wants to convert all its 34 aircraft, including Beavers and PT6-powered Otters and Twin Otters.[26]

Awards and accoladesEdit

Harbour Air has won the following awards:[27][non-primary source needed]

  • 2009 to 2014 – Canada's Best Managed Companies
  • 2009 to 2011 – BC's Top 55 Employers[citation needed]
  • 2011 – BC's Top 100 Employers for Young People[citation needed]
  • 2011 – Business of the Year: Victoria Chamber of Commerce[citation needed]
  • 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[citation needed]


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 2021, Harbour Air serves the following destinations in British Columbia:[7]

Country City Airport Notes
Canada (British Columbia) Comox Comox Water Aerodrome
Maple Bay (Duncan) Maple Bay Marina
Nanaimo Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome
Pitt Meadows Pitt Meadows Water Aerodrome
Richmond Vancouver International Water Airport
Salt Spring Island/Ganges Ganges Water Aerodrome
Sechelt/Sunshine Coast (Lighthouse Pub) Sechelt/Porpoise Bay Water Aerodrome
Tofino Tofino Harbour Water Aerodrome
Vancouver Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre
Victoria Victoria Inner Harbour Airport
Whistler Whistler/Green Lake Water Aerodrome Seasonal
USA (Washington) Seattle Seattle Lake Union Seaplane Base


As of February 2021, the Harbour Air fleet consisted of 40 aircraft and 42 registered with Transport Canada:[5][6]

Harbour Air
Aircraft No. of aircraft
(HA list)[5]
No. of aircraft
(TC list[6])
Passengers Notes
Bell 407 0 1 Helicopter registered to Tantalus Air
Cessna 172M 0 1 3
Cessna 180J 0 1 Registered to West Coast Air
Cessna 208B Caravan 1 1 9 Operated by Tantalus Air and still registered to them
de Havilland Canada
DHC-2 Beaver
14 14 6 On December 10, 2019, the eBeaver flew for the first time, powered by a Magni500
de Havilland Canada
DHC-3-T Turbo Otter
22 21 14
de Havilland Canada
DHC-6-200 Twin Otter
3 2 19
de Havilland Canada
DHC-6-300 Twin Otter
2 19
Total 40 43

In addition, Transport Canada lists a Cessna 185 Skywagon but with a cancelled certificate.[28]


See alsoEdit


1 AOC number is used for Harbour Air Seaplanes, Whistler Air, Saltspring Air and West Coast Air.


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