|Hubs||Boulder City Airport|
|Fleet size||16 (DHC-6 Twin Otter) |
|Parent company||Grand Canyon Airlines|
|Key people||(President, CEO)|
Scenic Airlines is an American regional airline based in Paradise, Nevada, USA. It operates sightseeing flights from Boulder City Airport in Boulder City, Nevada. Scenic is owned by Grand Canyon Airlines since 2008.
Scenic Airlines was started by John & Elizabeth Seibold and their single engine Cessna airplane in North Las Vegas in 1967. Between 1967 and 1993 Scenic Airlines grew to be one of the world's largest fixed-wing air tour operations. In 2000, John Seibold was recognized by the Las Vegas Review Journal as being one of the most influential businessmen in Las Vegas in the previous 100 years. In 1977, Scenic Airlines purchased the design and manufacturing rights to turboprop-powered conversions of the Cessna 402 and Cessna 414 from American Jet Industries. In 1983, the airline co-developed modifications to the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter to make it more suitable for use as an air tour airplane. The airline eventually moved to Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport.
In 1993 the Seibolds sold the airline to SkyWest Airlines and it continued to see growth until it merged with Eagle Canyon Airlines in 1998. In spring 2006, citing rising fuel costs, the airline announced it would be ceasing scheduled passenger operations to focus on its sightseeing flights, thus abandoning its scheduled services using its fleet of three Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. Almost all of the scheduled service routes were Essential Air Service routes and were picked up by US Airways, operated by Air Midwest.
On March 29, 2007, Scenic Airlines was sold to Grand Canyon Airlines and today the airline operates from the Boulder City Airport providing services to Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon, Page, Arizona, Monument Valley, Utah, and Rainbow Bridge, Utah. Scenic Airlines continues sightseeing service to the Grand Canyon every day of the year.
Although operations have been merged both Scenic and Grand Canyon have been operating under two operating certificates. Scenic will no longer exist after April 30, 2009 when both airlines will be merged and operate under the Grand Canyon Airlines operating certificate.
Scheduled flight destinations
Scheduled sightseeing destinations
Since it was founded in 1966, Scenic Airlines has experienced at least five fatal accidents.
- On October 16, 1971 a Scenic Airlines Cessna 402 en route from North Las Vegas Airport to the Grand Canyon crashed while attempting to turn away from poor weather conditions on a sightseeing tour. The pilot and all nine passengers were killed.
- On November 30, 1975 a flight from Ely, Nevada to Elko, Nevada in a Scenic Cessna 402 crashed in poor weather due to improper IFR procedures. The pilot and the sole passenger were killed.
- On July 21, 1980 a Cessna 404 Titan departing the Grand Canyon Airport for Phoenix, Arizona experienced an engine failure on take-off due to foreign material, improper maintenance, and improper procedures. All eight persons aboard (seven passengers and one crew member) were killed.
- On September 20, 1996 a Cessna T207A operated by Scenic Airlines was being re-positioned at night from Grand Canyon, Arizona to St. George, Utah. For reasons undetermined, the airplane collided with the top of a 4,600-foot (1,400 m) bluff killing the sole occupant.
- On October 8, 1997 a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operated by Scenic Airlines departed Montrose, Colorado for a flight to Page, Arizona. While climbing at the normal rate of climb to 15,400 feet (4,700 m), the airplane disappeared from radar. The wreckage was located among pine trees and exhibited evidence of a steep descent angle consistent with a stall or spin. All eight passengers and pilot were killed.
- The wreckage of the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crash sits at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Arizona, Robertson Crash Laboratory where it is used by the students of the crash investigation class taught by Safety Science Professor William D.Waldock.
- Sceninc Airlines Fleet Information
- Petition from Grand Canyon Airlines to the US Department of Transportation
- Flight International 12-18 April 2005
- Scenic Airlines history retrieved 22 January 2009.
- John Seibold online biography
- Taylor 1989, p.793
- Gunston 1993, p.270
- Spillman, Benjamin (2009-03-20). "Happy landings in Boulder City". Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- Scenic Airlines schedule
- Summary of NTSB report into the crash of Cessna 402 N3250Q retrieved 22 January 2009.
- Summary of NTSB report into the crash of Cessna 402 N52SA retrieved 22 January 2009.
- Summary of NTSB report into the crash of Cessna 404 N2683S retrieved 22 January 2009.
- Summary of NTSB report into the crash of Cessna T207A N6468H retrieved 22 January 2009.
- Summary of NTSB report into the crash of Cessna 208B Caravan N12202 retrieved 22 January 2009.
- Gunston, Bill (1993). World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press.
- Taylor, Michael J.H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.