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Information on Seaplanes, what they are and where to find them.

What is a Seaplane?

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A seaplane is a type of aircraft that can land and take off on water as well as float on water. This can be either the sea or lakes. Seaplanes are also often referred to as flying boats. A floatplane is similar, with its belly used as a pontoon or floats. History of the seaplane is that it was first built in 1911 for the First World War. They are now used as commercial flights for destinations such as Canada or the Maldives. Examples of Seaplane airline companies are Alaska Seaplanes and Harbour Air Seaplanes. Buy Seaplane flights with Alternative Airlines.

 


How do Seaplanes work?

Seaplanes float, take-off and land on water through a wide range of structural components. These help them to remain buoyant, stable on water and reduce drag when landing on the water surface. They are also built in a way to prevent flipping or tipping over in the water.

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Destinations

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Some popular destinations that Seaplanes fly to include:

Angoon, Comox Harbour, Downtown Vancouver, Downtown Victoria, Egmont, Elfin-Cove, Excursion Inlet, Ganges Harbour, Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, Klawock, Madeira Park, Maple Bay, Nanaimo Harbour, Pelican, Pitt Meadows, Sechelt, Seattle, Sitka, Skagway, South Vancouver, Tenakee Springs, Tofino Harbour, Whistler, Whitehorse

Which companies offer Seaplane flights?

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Offering seaplane flights in and around Canada, this chartered flight tour service is based in Richmond. Key destinations include Vancouver, Comox and the Gulf Islands.

Alaska Seaplanes

This airline offers both commuter flights and seaplane flights to the region of Southeast Alaska. They fly to many destinations including Skagway, Tenakee Springs and Kake from its base in Juneau.

Kenmore Air

This airline offers seaplane flights, among other land plane services, from its base in Kenmore, Washington, USA.

Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne offers seaplane flights to destinations in the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St Kitts Nevis, Dominican Republic and St Maarten.

Athens Spirit Airlines

A proposed start-up airline, Athens Spirit is a Greek Airline which is expected to offer charter passenger and passenger flights. In the future, they also hope to operate seaplane and helicopter flights.

Loch Lomond Seaplanes

This seaplane tour operator offers flights around the Loch Lomond area. This airline is featured as something to do in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in our blog about the best National Parks in the UK.

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FAQs

Are seaplanes safe?

Yes, seaplanes are as safe if not safer than any other aircraft used for commercial use. Seaplanes go under regular maintenance to the highest of standards. Additionally, seaplane pilots require more advanced piloting skills than regular pilots do in order to qualify for flying. 

What is a seaplane service?

A seaplane service is a commercial or private service that flies someone from one location to another via seaplane. 

Can seaplanes land on land?

Some seaplanes are only able to take off on land and land on water. While others have additional landing gear built into the aircraft which makes it possible land on land. There are also a number of seaplanes that can take off and land both on land and water. 

Can seaplanes land on any body of water?

Seaplanes have the ability to land on any body of water. If you were to be flying it privately, whether you're legally allowed to land on a specific body of water would depend on the rules of the territory you're landing in and whether the land is privately owned.