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

Bear Guide

We had a great tour. The pilots were fabulous and Allie was a phenomenal bear guide. Thanks for a great tour and I would recommend to others.

Andrea K

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 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

Awesome customer service. Great tour!

Flew on a sightseeing and crab dinner combo. The flight was great. Top notch operation. Safety minded. The crab was delicious even though there was less room in the dining hall than there was in the float plane. The bus drive back from the dinner was also a lot a fun as the bus driver, a young lady from Arkansas, was something of a comedian.

Scott A. - Michigan

Amazing Float Plane Trip. Very accomodating for handicapped person

The float plane ride over the Misty Fjords was incredible. One amazing view after another. Our pilot/guide, Mike Hudgins, was very informative and executed a flawless water landing on a large lake, where several of us got out and walked on the plane floats. A must do for anyone visiting Ketchikan.

I am handicapped. I walk with two crutches. Mike and his crew were very helpful and accommodating dealing with my handicap and enabling me to board and exit the plane, allowing me to enjoy this incredible experience.

Paul R. - Florida

BEAR WATCHING & BREATHTAKING VIEWS

My wife & I took the “bear tour”. We flew in old DeHaviland Beaver float planes from Ketchikan to Traders Cove, about 20 minutes each way. Our pilots (one for each direction) were excellent & experienced & provided helpful info. We were met by a guide & taken to a stream full of salmon. We saw 2 bears catching and eating & an eagle helping himself to leftovers. We had 45 minutes on the viewing platform which passed very quickly.

The pilot took us on a different route going back. Views were incredible- also a little scary!

MGOLDIN - LOS ANGELES

Breathtaking views!

Weather was great, which provided a smooth ride. Loved the majestic views around every corner from our 6 seater seaplane, piloted by Harry, who was very personable and knowledgeable. We had never been in a small plane like this. It was a bit confining, so may not be a comfortable ride for a very tall or large person. We did have to disclose our weight and our party of 6 was split up between 2 planes to even out the load between planes, although they did keep couples together. Taquan Air was very accommodating, bringing a ramp to board the plane for my husband who wears a prosthetic leg. They also provided a golf cart ride for him back and forth to the plane, as it is a bit of a walk on inclined ramps, etc. Halfway through, we landed in the middle of the water and travelers could step out onto the pontoon! We thought it was worth the money and was a once in a lifetime type of excursion!!

latu2018 - Massachusetts

Wonderful experience!

This trip to Neets Bay was WONDERFUL!! Beautiful views the pilot talked away as we flew about the sights and history of the planes. We saw all the bears, the jelly fish and sea stars are on the dock. We got so close to the bears! They got us back safely and on time to our cruise ship!

steviechic66 - Nevada

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
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