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

NEETS BAY BEAR TOUR

This was the highlight of my cruise to Alaska on Oceania Cruises! Great flight, lots of bears feeding at the hatchery and the best flight back to the dock. Our pilot, CHUCK, was the best!!! Thanks for making our trip to Alaska.

Margot H - California

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

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

Fantastic floatplane experience!

This was by far the best trip of our holiday!
After a short safety video, we were taken to meet our pilot Chuck. We were in a 10 seater plane and it was free seating, we could also take on our bags. Some aircraft you are asked to leave your large bags locked up, in a cupboard!
Chuck was very informative during the flight there and back. We saw sealions and mountain goats as well as the spectacular views. On the return trip Chuck made sure that both sides of the plane had the same photo opportunities to take photos of the group of mountain goats and sealions.
Once we had landed we met with Joshua, who was to be our guide.
The group, that had just finished their trip were all grinning and said they had seen bears, good start!
It didn't take long, after our short walk, to reach the river that a bear came out of the woods, followed by a lot more, of all sizes and ages. We spent a good time just watching them catch and eat the salmon!
We saw bald headed eagles too!
There were four of us travelling together and we all agreed that this trip was the highlight of the holiday, so thank you Taquan Air, Chuck and Joshua, you are doing a great job!

Vivien B - United Kingdom

WHAT FUN!

I absolutely loved flying over the mountains to a hidden lake. One of the best experiences ever. I liked it even better than the helicopter flight. Fabulous views.

PGAFLA - Florida

THEY WENT THE EXTRA MILE – THANK YOU!

My wife, myself plus another couple tried to book a trip to Anan a few months in advance of our trip this past July. Every float plane company we called said that we were too late to book as there are only 60 visitor permits for this park issued for each day. All except one company and one person. A special SHOUT OUT to Danita Scott for convincing me to trust her and her going the extra mile to make this trip happen!! She was the only one to contact me back and inform me that 48 or 72 hours prior to the day we wanted to go 12 more permits are released and she would do all she could to obtain four permits for us. Our group committed money down to hold a float plane that would be refundable if the permits were not obtained. Danita and our tour guide AJ came through for us and got the permits! Now for the rest of the story.

A van picked us outside the cruise ship and took us to the Taquan Air offices. There we met our lovely and talented pilot Amanda (I think my name memory if right) and A.J. our guide. Our pilot could me a model but chose to be a pilot. Our group was glad she was our pilot. She took us and our guide on about a 45 minute float plane ride to Anan to see bears eat salmon from the stream.

Once arriving to the site our guide A.J. took control. A.J. had a pistol on his hip and a shotgun on his side. Our group was guided on about a 3/4 mile hike to an area controlled by the park to observe the bears. There are platforms at this site over the stream and also a blind that observers get 15 minutes at a time to watch the bears up close and personal. While we were there for a couple hours we observed over 20 different black bears coming to the stream to fish. Eagles flying all over too. It was AMAZING! It was like we were in the zoo cage (platform with only rails) and the bears were out in the open. The stream was "black" with so many salmon. A.J. did a great job explaining all the nature in the area and some of his past experiences. Our pilot was waiting for us after we hiked back to the start of the trail.

This tour is not always available since the fish do not always run the stream. Taquan Air Tours offer other options that can be purchased. This was one of the two top tours our group took while in Alaska for twelve days. We are so thankful Danita Scott talked me into trusting her and Taquan Air. You just start to wonder when you are asked to pay half in advance to someone you have never met!

THANK YOU to everyone involved from our Iowa group!

TRAVELBUGIOWA - IOWA

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

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

One of the Best Tours on our Alaskan Cruise

This was definitely a highlight of our Alaskan cruise....in fact, it was my wife's favorite excursion. Our pilot Larry was a wonderful source of knowledge about the area and the de Havilland Beaver plane we were flying in. He asked if anyone in our group had served in the military, and when he learned we had a veteran among us, he asked him to sit in the co-pilot's seat. He immediately won my respect and admiration. Taquan Air does it right - they are friendly, organized, and safety-conscious. DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

Mark Y

We had so much fun!

Mike was our guide. So friendly and informative. Many times he'd turn the lady in our headphones off and narrate himself, which was better. Other times he was just quiet and let us enjoy the incredible beauty that is Misty Fjords on our own.

For us this was definitely once in a lifetime and we enjoyed every minute. The flight. The water landing where we were allowed to stand on the pontoons and breathe in the beauty. It was a wonderful experience and one we will never forget.

Molly D. - Colorado
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