Inland Air Charters Ltd. has been operating from its Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada base in Seal Cove since 1980. The company was originally founded to serve the logging and fishing industries.
In 2006, veteran pilot Bruce MacDonald purchased the company. The operation thrives under his leadership, and when South Moresby Air Charters, a small airline based in the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii was offered for sale, it seemed a natural fit. Inland Air Charters purchased the company and merged the two operations.
Providing point-to-point charters from both the Prince Rupert and Queen Charlotte City operations, the company has further expanded its tourism products. Today, the company promotes flightseeing excursions from both locations, and is one of a handful of operators permitted to operate special charter destination tours in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.
The company employs approximately 12 people during peak summer season and its fleet consists of DHC-2 Beavers and Cessna 180 aircraft, selected for their particular suitability to coastal flying. The company continues to achieve a high standard of maintenance, which contributes to its outstanding safety record.
With more than three decades in the air, and half of them on the North Coast, President/Owner Bruce MacDonald understands the area and its special tourism appeal. An aggressive entrepreneur, he continues to oversee his successful daily operations and keeps an eye to the horizon and future opportunities.
The mission of Inland Air Charters Ltd. is to meet and exceed the expectations of all its customers by providing exceptional professional service in the safest environment possible. Owner/President Bruce MacDonald pledges, "We will not fly in marginal weather. It's safety first, and if the weather is marginal, we won't even attempt it," he explains.
A coastal pilot for some thirty years, MacDonald readily admits that he was at first hesitant about flying on the North Coast, because he had heard stories about the difficult weather and flying conditions. Today he loves the area, but this has in no way diminished his respect for Mother Nature.
MacDonald sets the tone for his employees and the team's genuine devotion to customers and high degree of professionalism is quickly apparent. "Our aim is to treat our customers the way we would want to be treated, and here everyone contributes to the delivery of top-notch service and an excellent product."
Aircraft have been carefully matched to the needs of Inland Air's customers, and the company flys DeHavilland and Cessna float planes. The planes are equipped with advanced safety equipment, and maintained to the highest standards. To ensure the best passenger experience, each tour guest is provided with a headset for ease of communication. The company's bush-savvy pilots are experienced and use their knowledge and information to provide informative and interesting tours, working carefully to uphold the company's excellent safety record.