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Airporter Shuttle / Bellair Charters company history

van1985.jpg1985 -  E.M. "Red" Wickkiser, a former Northwest Orient Airlines pilot, bought a small shuttle company in Bellingham, WA, and, along with his son Larry Wickkiser, formed Wickkiser International Companies, Inc. At that time, Red and Larry took turns driving one 10-passenger van two times a day to SeaTac Airport.

1989 – Airporter Shuttle begins servicing Alaska Ferry passengers from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

1990 – Bellair Charters is formed to provide group transportation services to all points in the Northwest and British Columbia.

BakerBus.jpg1999 – Wickkiser International builds a 7,200 square foot office and full service shop facility in Ferndale, WA.

2001 – Bellair Baker Shuttle begins taking skiers and snowboarders to Mt. Baker Ski Area.

2002 – Bellair Sports Shuttles begin taking sports fans to Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks homegames.

2003 – Airporter Shuttle transports its 1-millionth rider.

2003 – Airporter service begins in Central Washington, serving Yakima, Cle Elum and Ellensburg.

staff.jpg2005 – Airporter Shuttle celebrates its 20-year anniversary.

2008 – Airporter Shuttle / Bellair Charters expands to its present fleet of 45 vehicles, transporting over 100,000 riders per year to SeaTac Airport and back, and to countless destinations, events and festivals in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

2009 - Airporter Shuttle / Bellair Charters reaches the 2-million passenger milestone.

2010 - Airporter Shuttle celebrates its 25-year anniversary. Bellair Charters is subcontracted to help transport athletes, teams and spectators at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler BC.

2012 - Airporter Shuttle puts its first alternative-fuel vehicle into every-day service. The 20-passenger minivan runs exclusively on natural gas, and will eventually run on biogas, obtained from a local dairy farm.

2012 - Bellair Charters purchases the southern portion of Hesselgrave Charters, serving Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia.

2013 - Airporter Shuttle partners with Falcon Research Group and Sea-Tac Airport to help transport raptors (hawks, falcons, owls, from Sea-Tac Airport to Skagit Valley for relocation, for their own safety and that of the aircraft.

2015 - Airporter Shuttle celebrates its 30-year anniversary, reaching the 3-million passenger mark.

2016 - Bellair Charters is the official transportation provider for the USA Women's Hockey Team, winning its 3rd consecutive World Championship in Kamloops B.C., Canada.

2017 - Bellair Tours & Adventures is launched, carrying on Hesselgrave Tours' commitment to great experiences and top quality.



September 15th, 2019



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