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 TOURS – GREAT FLIGHT AND WE DID SEE A COUPLE OF BEARS

We were sailing Carnival and next to last port of call was Ketchikan. We opted for the Neets Bay Bear Watch or tour...
When we arrived to the float plane port, Taquan airlines was our carrier.
Great pre-brief. If you have a camera back pack.. they might ask you to leave it there.. locked up. It will depend on type of airplane, amount and weight of passengers and ultimately the pilot. I had been briefed prior to and didn't take mine but mounted the large lens on the camera and had the smaller lens in my coat.
Pilot was great and described the flight and scenery the entire time we flew out and back.
It was a very hot day.. and low tide.. .the group before us told us they didn't see any bears.. Our guide told us it was iffy. We did see a few bear caves and marks where they climbed the trees. When we arrived at the fish hatchery... there were no bears and we waited and waited.. I did get a few good shots of eagles looking for a free lunch. Someone told our guide that there was a mother bear and cub on the way back down the trail. (short hike out and back by the way)... We found the bears and the guide made sure we stopped at 3 - 4 places to get good shots.
No one can control the: weather, tide, and bears... so be prepared for anything or nothing. Flight out and back was phenomenal. The pilot even offered to take pictures of us beside the airplane.. Great time.. thank you..

KLLDZR69 - ARIZONA

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

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

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

The Misty Fjords and Killer Music with Jim

Our family. three generations ranging in age from 10 to 75, spent an amazing couple of hours with our pilot, Jim, flying over the Misty Fjords, seeing breathtaking sites and learning much about the creation of the fjords and their history. Our pilot, Jim, was both knowledgeable and entertaining, interspersing his informative narratives with an outstanding music selection. In fact, it is worth noting, that despite the unparalleled beauty of the Misty Fjords from aloft, Jim's selection of tunes runs a very, very close second and really added to the intensity of the excursion. Many thanks to Jim for his expert flying, his knowledge of the history, geology, and geography of the fjords and choices of MUSIC. A memorable experience it was, to say the least.

Michael C - North Carolina

Misty Fjord Tour – Great

Tour of Misty Fjord by float plane (arranged through the cruise ship). Arrived at facility, received a safety briefing from the pilot. Recorded commentary provided on the flight as well as information from the pilot. Landed on a “lake” in the fjord. We were able to step out on the floats for a brief time (10 minutes) for pictures. Then we headed back to Ketchikan. Felt quite safe all of the time. Flight stayed at about 800 feet, good enough to see a flying eagle.

mdcwa - Washington

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

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

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
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