|AOC #||Canada: 4001[a]|
Tantalus Air: 17401
United States: 1H6F426F
Victoria Inner Harbour
|Secondary hubs||Vancouver International|
|Focus cities||Vancouver, Richmond, Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Comox, Whistler, Gulf Islands|
|Frequent-flyer program||High Flyer Rewards, Air Bucks Program, Quickticket Discounts|
|Fleet size||40, 41|
|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
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.
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. Harbour Air Magazine is the official in-flight magazine of Harbour Air.
On May 9, 2012 Harbour Air purchased Whistler Air.
In November 2015, Harbour Air purchased Salt Spring Air.
In March 2019, Harbour Air announced a partnership with magniX to electrify the entire Harbour Air fleet over the long term. Harbour Air has noted that its initial electric-powered commercial flights will be on routes of under 30 minutes' duration. The first converted aircraft was a DHC-2 Beaver which serves as the test prototype for the magniX motor, energy storage, and control systems. The prototype flew for the first time on December 10, 2019. The company hopes to have the aircraft certified for commercial use by 2021.
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.
On February 16, 2010, Deloitte Canada announced that Harbour Air was a winner of a 2009 Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Award. This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Post and Queen's School of Business.
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.
Awards and accolades
- 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
As of August 2019 Harbour Air serves the following destinations in British Columbia:
- Maple Bay (Duncan)
- Pitt Meadows
- Salt Spring Island/Ganges
- Sechelt/Sunshine Coast (Lighthouse Pub)
- Whistler (seasonal)
As of August 2019, the Harbour Air fleet consisted of 40 aircraft and 39 registered with Transport Canada: 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. 
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 750hp (559kW), 135kg (297lb) 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.
|Aircraft||No. of aircraft
|No. of aircraft
|Cessna 172||0||1||172M||3 passengers|
|Cessna 180||0||1||180J||Registered to West Coast Air|
|Cessna 208 Caravan||1||1||Caravan Amphibian 208B||9 passengers, operated by Tantalus Air and still registered to them|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver||14||14||DHC-2, DHC-2 MK. I, Electric Converted DHC-2||5–6 passengers|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-3-T Turbo Otter||22||21||DHC-3-T Turbo Otter||10–14 passengers|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||3||3||200 Series, 300 Series||18 passengers.|
1 AOC number is used for Harbour Air Seaplanes, Whistler Air, Saltspring Air and West Coast Air
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