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

Beaver!

These planes are such a great part of history and very well maintained- I loved the views and the pilots talks- the music in the headphones was great too- I would do this every chance I could- don't miss it!

Brickchick16 - Florida

Neets Bay Bear Watch by Floatplane

This was an amazing tour! We were picked up from our cruise ship in a bus and taken to the floatplane dock. The floatplane pilot was very professional and pointed out all the interesting view points along the way. On arrival to Neets Bay our guide walked us along a short track to the bear hide, where we sat and waited for the bears to come. There were plenty of eagles flying around and the salmon were swimming upstream but not a bear in sight! Everyone was very patient and just as we were about to leave a black bear appeared! It was a fair distance away however I was very happy to say I saw a bear. The floatplane pilot took us back a different way so we were able to see more of the beautiful landscape.

Jodz04 - Australia

Awesome Afternoon

Our pilot, Mike, and the fantastic folks at Taquan Air helped Scott and I plan our perfect wedding at the Misty Fjords! The flight out was thrilling, especially from the copilot's seat, and Mike's narration was interesting and informative. We landed out in Rudyerd Bay and taxied to a large floating dock. In this beautiful setting, our pilot became our officiant and we exchanged vows (Mike helped with those too!) We spent a little time celebrating and taking in the stunning views before heading back. The return flight was equally amazing, ending much too soon with a perfectly smooth landing.
I can't thank Taquan Air enough for all they did to make our event so perfect. Special thanks to Forrest who did photos, Faith & Deandra, our witnesses, and Mike, our pilot/officiant/planner extraordinaire!

Christine D

Best Flight Ever

Our pilot was very competent and we had great confidence in his ability, especially since he informed us that he served in the Middle East and worked on his own plane. I was given the privilege of riding up front.

Bob K - Florida

Floatplane tour of the Misty Fjords

We booked this tour through Holland America and it was the highlight of our trip. Larry was excellent as a pilot and guide and his playlist was varied and awesome. He broke through the music to point things out and was very considerate of the passengers who had a tendency toward air sickness. Happy to say there were no incidences! Never thought I would stand on water but he carefully guided this old lady onto the pontoon and I can check one more thing off my bucket list.

Voyager795103

Amazing trip.

We did a sea plane tour of the misty fjords during our Disney cruise recently, culminating in a crab feast at the George Inlet lodge. The float plane part of the experience with Taquan air was amazing, and felt completely one of a kind. Taking off and landing on water is an experience in itself (if you have never been on a floatplane before like my family). Scenery was amazing, the staff were friendly and every passenger on board throughly enjoyed the WHOLE experience.
The only thing that stopped this review getting 5 stars is the pilot did not really communicate with us during the flight. The headphones played music and a running commentary on board, which was fair enough and quite interesting. However when we landed and disembarked the pilot asked us "Did you say the family of bears on the ground??". None of us had (too much else to see)....so we all were thinking why didn't he point them out to us while flying.
Apart from that he was very professional and friendly and made my son feel very special helping on and off the plane (a big over the shoulder carry as he disembarked which brought a HUGE smile).
I would recommend Taquan air tours without question. A flight with them will definitely be a highlight of your Alaskan vacation.

Bruce D. - Canada

Amazing flightseeing and all-you-can-eat crab feast

Our group ranged in age from 12-71 and everyone had a great time. Our pilot was knowledgeable and friendly, and the staff at the George Inlet Lodge were great. The flight was relatively short but we enjoyed stunning views. Lunch was delicious.

Bob J. - Texas

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

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

Incredible views over the Misty Fjords – Jim is the best!

We were lucky enough to come on a perfectly sunny day in Ketchikan, getting unobstructed views throughout the flight to the not-so-Misty Fjords. Everywhere we looked was beautiful - flying over the pristine lakes, passing right by New Eddystone Rock, even spotting a breaching humpback whale from above. Jim's water landings and take-offs were smoother than most commercial airliners, and his narration was fun and informative without being overwhelming. Overall, it was an amazing day, and we would definitely recommend this voyage to anyone.

Penny B
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