About

The Taquan team
embodies Alaska

Who we are

We’re locals who are passionate about sharing all that we love about Alaska. We hire and train our staff for exceptional customer service and keep our state-of-the-art equipment up to the highest standards for safety. So, you get authentic Alaska, by those who love her.

Taquan Air has been serving Southeast Alaska for more than 40 years and is recognized as one of the most successful floatplane operations in Alaska, due to our safety culture and commitment to customer service.

Our history

Taquan Air has been faithfully serving the communities in and around Ketchikan for more than 40 years.

  1. The first DeHavilland Beaver is flown and recognized as one of Canada's ten greatest engineering achievements in the past 100 years.

  2. The final DeHavilland Beaver aircraft comes off production in Canada.

  3. Taquan Air Service Incorporated begins operations as a single aircraft carrier, owned and operated by Jerry Scudero, out of Metlakatla, Alaska.

  4. Taquan Air Service, Inc. purchases property in Ketchikan on Water Street.

  5. Kootznoowoo Corporation purchases 50% of Taquan Air Service, Inc. stock, enabling the carrier to purchase assets from Ketchikan Air Service.

  6. Taquan Air Service, Inc. sells off assets and streamlines operations.

  7. Venture Travel, LLC dba Taquan Air acquires Taquan Air Service, Inc. assets and begins operations under the direction of President and CEO, Brien Salazar.

  8. Venture Travel, LLC dba Taquan Air is awarded U.S. Forest Service Air Service Contract and acquires U.S. Postal Service contracts to serve Hyder, Hydaburg, and Behm Canal mail routes.

  9. "New" Taquan Air begins operating full service U.S. Mail and scheduled passenger flights in the Ketchikan area, including Prince of Wales Island.

  10. Taquan Air begins Kenmore Air six window seat modifications on DeHavilland Beaver fleet. All maintenance requirements are completed in-house by way of local labor.

  11. Taquan Air acquires and operates contracts with all major cruise lines for flightseeing tours, predominately during the summer season.

  12. Taquan Air fleet increases from 6 to 7 aircraft

  13. Taquan Air completes Kenmore six window seat modification on all 7 aircraft.

  14. Taquan Air registers to participate in the voluntary Alaska Medallion Foundation Safety in Aviation Program.

  15. Taquan Air is the first to adopt the FAA's Capstone Program and becomes the first floatplane carrier in Southeast Alaska to install state-of-the-art glass cockpit avionics navigation equipment in its entire fleet.

  16. Taquan Air completes first step in the Medallion Program by earning the Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) Avoidance Star.

  17. Taquan Air completes second step in the Medallion Program by earning the Operational Risk Management (ORM) Star.

  18. Taquan Air completes the third step in the Medallion Program by earning the Maintenance and Ground Service Star.

  19. Taquan Air completes installation of digital stereo sound systems in each aircraft and replaces all existing headsets with digital noise canceling headsets.

  20. Taquan Air completes its fourth step in the Medallion Program by earning the Safety Program Star.

  21. Taquan Air is recognized for being one of two Part-135 floatplane operators in the state of Alaska to achieve Four Star Rating in the Medallion Program.

  22. Taquan Air relocates from waterfront base at 1007 Water Street to the new 3.5 acre business park, Harbor Point.

  23. Taquan Air relocates for the last time at 4085 Tongass Avenue into a brand new, custom-built state-of-the-art terminal and hangar building.

  24. Taquan Air commences the 2008 season with a two day Grand Opening celebration at the new facilities. Events included a totem pole raising ceremony, native tribal dancing, and public barbeque. Hundreds of guests turned out to celebrate and congratulate.

  25. The fifth and final step in the Medallion Foundation program is completed with Taquan earning its Internal Audit Star. An audit is conducted to determine the company’s eligibility for the Medallion Shield.

  26. Company President Brien Salazar attended an awards presentation to receive the Medallion Shield plaque for Taquan Air.

  27. Taquan Air purchases Alaskan assets of Promech Air and expands fleet to 16 aircraft and two maintenance facilities.

  28. Taquan Air's fleet included 11 Beavers, 3 Otter, and 1 Caravan.

  29. Taquan Air's fleet included 11 Beavers, 3 Otters.

  30. Taquan Air's fleet includes 10 Beavers and 4 Otters.

Kawanti Adventures

Jump feet first into Alaskan adventures—with experienced guides excited to share it with you. Fly over fjords, zipline through the trees, see bears, and everything else Alaska has to offer.

DISCOVER ALASKA

Our Crab Fest Flight was awesome!

We (2 adults & 2 10 year old boys) did the crab feast on our Disney cruise last summer. We booked the crab fest flight through DCL for our excursion in Ketchikan.
So glad we did. We were picked up at the ship and taken to their "air port"/docks.
Our pilot (I REALLY wish I had written down his name Dave or Dan maybe) was just AWESOME!
The office staff was so friendly and helpful as well.
My son still has the float planes he bought in the gift shop in his room.
We boarded our float plane and took off for the flight. Our son was even allowed to be the co-pilot!
Our pilot was so so knowledgeable during our flight and shared do much fantastic information on what we were seeing.
We arrived at George Inlet Lodge for our crab feast. (separate review)
If ever back in Alaska I would definitely book with these guys again for a tour!

Steph - Pennsylvania

A Highlight of our Alaskan Adventure

My family and I took a float plane over the Misty Fjords during our cruise through the Inside Passage of Alaska. My parents, husband, kids (6 & 9) and I all agree that this experience was one of the best memories of our trip.

The views are things that you only see on postcards. Evan, our pilot, was friendly and provided us a nice balance between telling us about the National Park and giving us time to take in the sights. My 9-year-old son was thrilled that he got to sit in the “co-pilot’s” seat and Evan was very kind in making him feel important.

We landed on a floating dock about half way through our flight and were able to get out and take in the beauty that surrounded us. Evan was nice enough to offer to take many pictures of our family that are now framed in our house.

If you are lucky enough to spend some time in Ketchikan, I would absolutely recommend a Taquan Air Tour.

Leah Linden - Pennsylvania

FLOATPLANE FROM KETCHIKAN TO NEETS BAY BEARWATCHING

Professional warm friendly set-up in a beautiful 1960 Classic De Havilland Otter aircraft.
A friend didn't join us because of a fear of small aircraft. This aircraft was super smooth with an expert pilot Ron. Smoother than Commercial aircraft!
Video briefing on the coach so when you arrive at the Floatplane no time is wasted. Plenty of room in plane and a seat for everyone with a window! Great music by Steve Millar Band and Dire Straits and beautiful scenery.
Then getting close up to plenty of brown bears feasting on salmon! What a trip...

JUDD H

TAQUAN AIR SEAPLANE TOUR OF MISTY FJORDS

This excursion was the highlight of our week long Alaska cruise! Our pilot, Adam, was both entertaining and knowledgeable. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, and the flight was exhilarating. We take a lot of photos and videos on trips, but eventually, we put down the cameras. We wanted to take in the beautiful sights and we knew that pictures and videos could only capture a fraction of what we were seeing. If you ever have opportunity to fly with Taquan Air and take this tour, DO IT!

DIANN R

Neets Bay Bear Adventure

Excellent, Amazing experience, your pilots will make you feel comfortable on your smooth ride to Neets Bay and we were blessed with an appearance of 6 bears and many eagles. Definitely worth the price! We booked through our cruise ship. Bring camera with telephoto lens, good walking/hiking shoes. We viewed the bears for about an hour. Approximately 25 minute fight to the area. Overall about 3-3.5 hours for excursion. They do have a salmon hatchery, which is the main operation for the site, it feeds the stream the bears search, so likely for bears to make an appearance but no promises are made. About 1/4 mile easy walk from floatplane dock to bear viewing. Bathrooms are available.

mandi1972 - Wisconsin

UNFORGETTABLE

Despite a fear of heights and, therefore, a degree of pre-flight nervousness this was an experience I would not have missed for the world. A sunny, clear day, magnificent scenery and a great pilot in John.

David D - United Kingdom

FLOAT PLANE SCENIC FLIGHT TO MISTY FJORDS WITH LANDING

This tour was really one of the best I have been on. Chuck (the pilot) was exceptionally friendly and interacted well with the passengers. We flew in an otter de havilland float plane to Rudyard Bay in Misty Fjords. The views were just amazing and the plane was roomy. After landing in the bay, we took a boat back to Ketchikan. This is a must do tour. And I would ask to fly with Chuck again.

ERICLOVESTOTRAVEL - NEW JERSEY

Great Alaskan Experience!!

We recently traveled to Ketchikan by Cruise ship and booked an excursion which included all you can eat crab legs and the George inlet Lodge and then had the chance to fly back to town, over the mountains in one of these planes! The scenery was beautiful!! We also had the Alaskan experience of a water landing which was really cool as well! I would highly recommend this to anyone who has ever wanted to fly in a sea plane cause it truly is worth your time and money!

Jolene M

Float Plane to Salmon Hatchery to watch bears

This excursion happened from Princess Cruise in Ketchikan on Aug 6th, 2018. Our pilot, Chuck was awesome! My youngest daughter got to sit up front with him. On way out he made several passes to show us some bears on the beach and then on the way back, he made a couple detours to descend and show us some hard to see mountain goats. Great pilot and narrator!

Steve J.

Neets Bay float plane and bear watch

Brilliant trip to Neets Bay with Taquan Air tours! Booked as an excursion from celebrity cruise - not cheap but this one was worth it. Exhilarating flight in a float plane piloted by Harry, provided stunning scenery and gentle landing at Neets bay. Guide Joshua was interesting and informative leading a short walk to a viewing spot where 8 bears in total were playing in the water and fishing for salmon. Over a dozen bald eagles were there too. Not rushed and plenty of time to grab a photo-zoom recommended. Return flight equally as good over mountains wear you could make out mountain goats. Great trip.

Tommo13 - UK
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