Thursday, September 19, 2013

Float plane operator Harbour Air buys first wheeled plane

Vancouver-based Harbour Air is expanding beyond float planes with its purchase of its first wheeled plane, the company announced September 19.

Harbour Air is starting Tantalus Air, which will offer private charter flights on the Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine turboprop that can seat eight passengers.

The PC-12 can land on short airstrips as well as turf and gravel. Harbour Air said this means they will be able to travel to more remote areas than other carriers.

“Charter flights have always been a part of our business, but now with the Pilatus, we’re able to offer a land-based option at a cost comparable to that of our seaplanes, which is considerably less than that of a private jet,” said Harbour CEO Air Greg McDougall.

The Harbour Air Group also owns Westcoast Air and Whistler Air.

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