About

The Taquan team
embodies Alaska

Who we are and more

Who we are and what we are about

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.

Our commitment to the community and environment

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.

Taquan Air has been certified under the Adventure Green Alaska program. This is a voluntary program for Alaska tourism businesses that meet economic, environmental and social sustainability criteria. We are committed to preserving our great State and are conscientious of our footprint, not just on the memories of our guests experience, but also to the impacts we have on our environment.

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

The highlight of an amazing trip!

It was a little disorganized and I was unhappy that they refused to transport my mother’s wheelchair on the bus. However, our pilot was just fantastic!! This should not be missed. The views are just incredible.
I also left a cell phone behind and they retrieved it for me. A+

Luanne S - South Carolina

Fabulous Experience

Booked through Holland America and well worth it. Our pilot, Larry, went out of his way to put a nervous passenger (me!) instantly at ease and provided an unforgettable two hour trip which my husband and I would highly recommend and would repeat in a heartbeat if ever in Ketchikan. Fabulous scenery, wonderful background narration by Larry (which included a great selection of music) plus great chat from Larry. Landing in the Fjord was so special and tranquil. (PS. Larry gives great hugs too!)

mandkburles - London, United Kingdom

Fly me to the Moon, Larry

I can see that Larry has already been mentioned in previous reviews, but I have to add another because he’s quite simply a lovely man and excellent pilot.
I wasn’t the most confident flyer in my group but Larry’s approach was reassuring, kind and courteous. All in all a tip top gentlemen.
Oh the sights were pretty awesome too.

Lesley E - London

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

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

Learning to Fly!

This was an excursion booked through Holland America Cruise Lines and our first time on a floatplane. Our pilot Jim was filling in for one of the regular pilots due to the increased demand... and now we know why: Jim's timely narration combined with an awesome music selection provided the perfect backdrop for this wonder of nature. Everyone on the plane has a perfect window view for the scenery and a headset for the audio. The take offs and landings are some of the smoothest and coolest you will ever experience. We went on a warm and sunny day, so no special clothing needed. A floatplane adventure is simply a "must do" in this area and Taquan Air is amazing.

Jackson826 - Florida

Amazing adventure

Surpassed what we were expecting. A great way to see bears, bald eagles and the fiords from an aerial perspective. Well worth the money.

Nancy S - Canada

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

Our Misty Fjords Flight Was a Thrill of a Lifetime!

My husband and I always wanted to take this tour, and it was on our bucket list. While visiting family in Ketchikan, we were able to take this flight. The pilot, Clark Hassle, was friendly, knowledgeable, and highly skilled. His piloting skills were the best we ever experienced. We hardly felt the plane land on the glassy, glacier lake. The scenery was totally breathtaking. This flight is worth every penny as you will see the beauty of Alaska from a viewpoint you cannot get any other way but by flight. Taking a float plane is a fun experience as well. My husband and I highly recommend this flight for all ages. However, be sure you book with Taquan Air as they have the best safety record and best pilots in Ketchikan.

JUDY H. - TEXAS

Neets Bay Bear Watch Tour

Great experience. We took a float plane to Neets Bay to a salmon hatchery. There were plenty of Bald Eagles to see and we got to see a Black Bear within about 25'-30' of us. S/he wasn't bothered by us and did some fishing before ambling off into the forest. The scenery was spectacular and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Our pilot was Mike O'Brien and our trail guide was Joshua. Both were great hosts and had a lot of knowledge. I recommend this tour.

Jamie O - California
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