2016, The Year in Review: Part I
What a year it's been! While it's true that 2016 did "fly by," so many great things happened this past year that we wanted to take a look back at them before we get into all the excitement that will be 2017.
In Part I, we take a look at some of the biggest happenings around Harbour Air this year. Read on below as we take a tour of 2016's highlights.
Late September and Early October saw Vancouver and Victoria abuzz as the world watched their royal highnesses The Cambridges visit Canada for the first time as a family. Needless to say, we were more than honoured to show the royal family how we west-coasters get around with two separate seaplane flights over the eight day visit. It was truly wonderful hosting the young royal family and we look forward to following their journeys and hope to see them back again sometime very soon!
It was a long time coming, but 2016 saw the (literal) arrival of a new passenger gateway as the Victoria Harbour Airport was towed into place amongst our newly upgraded seaplane docks in Victoria. The $5 million facility is a true "first-class upgrade" for passengers and guests and has been widely applauded (more on that later). We're not through yet either, stay tuned for more exciting news about this in 2017 as well!
A few of our favourite tails got an overhaul this year: 604, one of our two Twin Otter aircraft now proudly sports the blue, yellow and white of the Harbour Air livery, while C-FLAP (an entirely perfect name for an airplane), is adorned with the Saltspring Air brand - a first for an Otter!
Flying through Coal Harbour? How about a beer while you're here? It's possible, thanks to the new Cockpit Café & Lounge, open in our downtown Vancouver terminal. The Cockpit serves up fresh BC beer & wine as well as spirits and great light food items for breakfast, lunch & dinner. What's more, our goGOLD passengers are offered a complimenrary beer or glass of wine - cheers to that!
Passengers visiting our Victoria and Comox terminals can now tour their desinations on two wheels at the Seawall Adventure Centre locations that opened this summer. Offering bicycle and stand-up paddleboard (Comox only) rentals, these great additions help show off the vibrant communities we are proud to fly to. Victoria also offers tours too, check it out!
Not to Mention...So many other great things happened this year too, and we'd be remiss if we didn't mention how cool it was to see the Martin Mars water bomber visit Vancouver Harbour, Tantalus Air's Pilatus visit the arctic on an extended charter, many injured seals fly to get the help they need at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mamal Rescue Centre and so much more!