The 60’s, Sebastien Lake : Saguenay Air Service
To recall Air Saguenay's roots, let’s track back to the early 60’s when Mr. Peter Schoch, mink breeder bought Saguenay Air Service. This carrier was based at Kenogami Lake, owned by Saguenay Aero Club and was used to train pilots.
Mr. Schoch then decided to open a new seaplane base at St-David de Falardeau, lake Sebastien so he could offer a better service to companies like Alcan or Price Brothers, fishermen, hunters and services for forest fire patrol. The company expanded and merged in the mid 70’s with Gagnon Air Service to become a new company : Air Saguenay. Air Saguenay was celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010.
In 1980, the new owner Mr. Jean-Claude Tremblay through himself in the adventure of bush flying. He pushed the company one step further with his personnalized approach, and the quality offered with his services.
A second seaplane base was opened at Chûte-des-passes in 1982. It was a strategic location to access
new territories for fishing and moose hunting and to better position himself toward the north.
1984 was a major year for the expansion of Air Saguenay. Air Saguenay purchased Air Caribou in Fermont (south of Wabush) and also purchased Club Chambeaux outfitters which gave him access to great fishing and caribou hunting in Northern Quebec.
In 1986, the growth continued with the addition of a new seaplane base in Schefferville (Caribou capital of the world. He also purchased many other small bush operators in the 90’s, to reinforce the postion of his company all over Northern Quebec.
Lake Sebastien, Fall of 2004
Since 1998, the carrier expanded again with the purchase of Labrador Air Safari and Derap Aviation, both companies located on the North Shore of St.Lawrence River.
Air Saguenay has now become, under Mr. Jean-Claude Tremblay and his son Jean Tremblay, the most important bush carrier on the Eastern Canada.
The present administration was celebrating 30 years of operation this year.
Today the company is reflecting the vision the owners dreamed of, when they first started, being the leader in their field of operation.