TNDC’s logo has taken to the skies! The maiden voyage of the Tahltan-Pacific charter flight with the TNDC wolf and crow logo proudly featured on the tail of the Saab 340B, landed in Dease Lake on October 26. The charter service, operated by Pacific Coastal Airlines, carries up to 34 Red Chris Mine employees and flies daily Monday to Friday to/from Dease Lake.
Tahltan-Pacific is TNDC’s joint venture with Pacific Coastal Airlines, a British Columbia-based airline that has been providing scheduled and charter airplane service to communities throughout the province for more than 40 years. Established in August 2014 as a charter business to start, Tahltan-Pacific was created to serve the burgeoning resource sector in northwestern BC.
Imperial Metals is the first Tahltan-Pacific customer and flights for Red Chris launched in May 2015. The flights originate in Vancouver and make stops enroute at Kelowna, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Prince George and Smithers as required.
TNDC is in discussions with several other resource development companies to establish regular and as-needed charter services for their projects. With the number of existing and proposed resource development projects in the region steadily growing, having quick, easy and reliable access to the region is becoming increasingly important. Dease Lake with its existing airport is a convenient and central hub, which can save companies valuable time and dollars. TNDC’s new partnership with Pacific Coastal Airlines will help to serve this niche market.
Pacific Coastal Airlines and its charter business can accommodate the specialized needs of the resource sector. Its fleet of aircraft and its experienced pilots have the capability and expertise to serve remote communities like Dease Lake year round.
TNDC’s longer-term goal for Tahltan-Pacific is to expand service to include regular scheduled service for residents and other government and industry people working in the region.
The inaugural Tahltan-Pacific branded aircraft.