Great Lakes Airlines

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Great Lakes Airlines
GLA logo.png


Fleet size 38
Destinations 64
Parent company

Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.

founded in 1962 by Dan Sorkin & Lou Dillon as Great Lakes Airlines operating as an Air Taxi Service from Chicago to New York with a single Cessna Twin Engine Cessna 310I. Dan & Lou ceased operation in 1964 when Dan moved to San Francisco to take a radio job with KSFO radio station
Headquarters Cheyenne, Wyoming
Key people Doug Voss and
Ivan Simpson
The former logo of the company
See also Great Lakes Airlines (Canada)

Great Lakes Airlines (OTCQBGLUX, OTCQBGLUX), is an American regional airline operating domestic scheduled and charter services. Corporate headquarters are located in Cheyenne, Wyoming,[2] with hubs at Denver International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport.

As of November 2013 Great Lakes Airlines received $58,299,575 in annual Federal subsidies for Essential Air Services that they provided to rural airports in the U.S.[3]


The airline was established by Doug Voss and Ivan Simpson and started operations on April 5, 1977. It began scheduled services on October 12, 1981, with flights between Spencer, Iowa, and Des Moines, Iowa. In February 1988, Great Lakes acquired Alliance Airlines, adding six cities around Lake Michigan to the route network. In the following years it continued to expand and in February 1992 signed a codesharing agreement with United Airlines. On January 19, 1994, the airline went public trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange. In October 1995, Great Lakes began operating under the Midway Connection banner at Raleigh/Durham through a marketing agreement with Midway Airlines, but this ceased in 1997.[citation needed] Prior to the relocation of the headquarters to Cheyenne, Great Lakes was headquartered in Summit Township, Clay County, Iowa, by Spencer Municipal Airport and near the city of Spencer.[4][5][6]

Its status with United Express was downgraded to a codeshare agreement in 2001 and on May 1, 2001, it became an independent carrier. Great Lakes has code sharing agreements with United Airlines and Frontier Airlines.[citation needed]

The airline added service to a new hub serving Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 7, 2010.[7] Also the airline created a hub at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 17, 2012 and will close on January 31, 2014. The Las Vegas hub was closed in April 2013.


Great Lakes Embraer EMB-120

Great Lakes Airlines serves 41 of its destinations through the Essential Air Service program and is the largest Essential Air Service provider in the United States.


A Beech 1900D at Denver International Airport

Great Lakes Airlines operates two types of aircraft in its fleet. Great Lakes is the world's largest single operator of the Beechcraft 1900.

As of October 2012, the Great Lakes Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:[8]

Great Lakes Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia 6 30
Raytheon Beechcraft Beech 1900D Airliner 32 19

Accidents and incidents[edit]


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  2. ^ "Contact Us." Great Lakes Airlines. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
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  4. ^ "Welcome to Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd." Great Lakes Airlines. December 5, 1998. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "Spencer city, Iowa." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  6. ^ Hilkevitch, John. "AN AIRLINE REGROUPS GREAT LAKES FLYING AGAIN, THOUGH STILL PUZZLED BY ONSET OF CRISIS." Chicago Tribune. May 25, 1997. Business 1. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  7. ^ "Timetable". Great Lakes Airlines. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Great Lakes Airlines". 
  9. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network

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