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Grand Canyon Airlines
Grand Canyon Airlines
Grand Canyon Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1927 (1927)
AOC #GCNA035A[1]
HubsGrand Canyon, Boulder City
Fleet size19
Company sloganWith Grand Canyon Airlines, Your Memories are Cleared for Takeoff!
Parent companyGrand Canyon Airlines
HeadquartersTusayan, Arizona, United States
Key peopleCharles Bassett, Mike McComb, Craig Sanderson

Grand Canyon Airlines is a 14 CFR Part 135 air carrier headquartered on the grounds of Boulder City Airport, Boulder City, Nevada. Grand Canyon Airlines also has bases at Grand Canyon National Park Airport, AZ, and Page Municipal Airport, AZ.[2] It operates sightseeing tours and scheduled passenger service over and around the Grand Canyon. Its headquarters and main operation center is Grand Canyon National Park Airport and Boulder City Airport, Nevada.[3]

It is owned by Elling Halvorson and has 70 employees (at March 2007).[3] Grand Canyon Airlines introduced commercial airline service to Boulder City Airport on June 15, 1936.[4]


Wooden key on display above the fireplace in the Arizona Biltmore History Room

The airline was started in 1927 as Scenic Airways by J. Parker Van Zandt at Grand Canyon, Arizona with a Stinson SM-1 Detroiter and Ford Trimotor aircraft.

In February 23, 1929, the opening day of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Scenic Airways dropped wooden key on the roof of the hotel's ballroom. The key is on display above the fireplace of the Biltmore History Room.[5]

Scenic Airways changed its name to Grand Canyon Airlines in 1930, and Grand Canyon Airlines is believed to be the world's oldest air tour company in continuous operations.

Two Grand Canyon Airlines pilots were the first to spot the wreckage left by the 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision, between United and TWA Airlines aircraft. Pilots Henry and Palin Hudgen had been flying a scheduled service around the area at the time.[6]

On March 19, 2009 Grand Canyon Airlines moved its operations at the Boulder City Municipal Airport into the company's new Boulder City Aerocenter, a 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m2) terminal.[7]


Scheduled flight destinations

Scheduled Sightseeing / Charter Destinations


As of October 2015 the Grand Canyon Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8]

Accidents and incidents

  • On June 18, 1986 Grand Canyon Airlines Flight 6, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 (N76GC) of the airline collided with a Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter operated by Helitech Helicopters. Both aircraft were operating scenic air tour flights over the Grand Canyon when the collision occurred near Crystal Rapids. The collision killed all 25 people on both aircraft.[9][10]
  • On September 27, 1989, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 (N75GC) of the airline crashed while performing a go-around. Both crew members and eight of 19 passengers died.[11]



  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved .
  2. ^ Our Location Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine." Grand Canyon Airlines. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 87.
  4. ^ Boulder City - The Magazine Archived 2006-11-19 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Jewel of the Desert
  6. ^ Blind Trust, by John J. Nance, William Morrow & Co., Inc. (USA), 1986, ISBN 0-688-05360-2, PP 96-97
  7. ^ Spillman, Benjamin (2009-03-20). "Happy landings in Boulder City". Retrieved .
  8. ^ [1] retrieved 22 October 2015.
  9. ^ "N76GC accident description page". Retrieved .
  10. ^
  11. ^ "N75GC accident description page". Retrieved .
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