Commuter seaplanes to expand to Chinese market as Harbour Air signs deal

The float planes that are a common sight along British Columbia’s coast might soon be coming to Shanghai and other Chinese cities, as well as parts of Southeast Asia, as B.C.’s Harbour Air Group strikes a strategic partnership with a Chinese conglomerate.

Harbour Air, which bills itself as the world’s largest seaplane airline with 200 average daily flights, has sold a 49-per-cent stake in the company to the Zongshen Industrial Group Co., Ltd., a massive industrial enterprise mainly known for its motorcycles and whose entrepreneurial founder Zuo Zongshen has various business interests in B.C.

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