Alaska Coastal Airlines

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Alaska Coastal Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1939
Ceased operations 1968 (acquired by Alaska Airlines)
Destinations Alaska, British Columbia.
Headquarters Juneau, Alaska, United States
Key people Sheldon Simmons, Alex Holden

Alaska Coastal Airlines was an airline in the United States. It was formed in 1939 as a result of the merger of Alaska Air Transport and Marine Airways. On April 1, 1962 Alaska Coastal Airlines merged with Ellis Air Lines,[1] trading for a while as Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines. Alaska Coastal Airlines was taken over by Alaska Airlines in April 1968.[2]


Alaska Air Transport was formed by Sheldon Bruce "Shell" Simmons (October 8, 1908 – November 16, 1994)[3] at Juneau in the summer of 1935 with one Stinson SM-2AC aircraft named Patco. Alaska Air Transport bought out Irving Airways in September 1936. Irving Airways had been started by Wilbur Irving at Juneau in the spring of 1936.[4] Marine Airways was formed by Alex Holden, Jim Davis and M E Monagle in Juneau in July 1936. Holden bought a Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker NC196N in August 1936.[5] In 1938, Simmons used Bellanca NC47M in the rescue of survivors of the Patterson, an oceangoing freighter which had run aground at Cape Fairweather, 150 miles northwest of Juneau.[3][6][7] In 1939, Simmons and Holden joined forces, forming Alaskan Coastal Airways.[5]

Ellis Air Lines was formed in Ketchikan in 1936 by Robert Edmund "Bob" Ellis (January 2, 1903 – May 8, 1994). At the merger his fleet was ten Grumman G-21 Goose aircraft.[8]

In 1945, Simmons went to Vancouver, BC, and purchased a Grumman G-21 Goose, formerly in the service of the Royal Canadian Air Force[6] On one occasion in the late 1960s, a woman had a baby in flight between Gustavus and Juneau.[9]



Angoon, Annette, Baranof, Cape Pole, Chatham, Craig, Duncan Canal, Edna Bay, Elfin Cove, Excursion Inlet, Funter, Gustavus, Haines, Hawk Inlet, Hollis, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Kake, Kasaan, Ketchikan, Klawock, Pelican, Petersburg, Port Alexander, Port Armstrong, Point Baker, Port Walter, Rogers Point, Saginaw Bay, Sitka, Skagway, Steamboat Bay, Taku Lodge, Tenakee, Thorne Bay, Todd, Tokeen. Washington Bay, Wrangell.

British Columbia[edit]

Prince Rupert, Tulsequah.


  • 1948 - Kingbird NC622V written off at Tulsequah, BC.[10]
  • November 14, 1952 - Vega NC49M destroyed by fire at Sitka.[11]
  • January 5, 1958 - Vega NC47M written off near Tanakee. Pilot killed, two passengers injured.[4]
  • January 20, 1964 - Goose N79914 accident at Petersburg.[12]
  • October 2, 1964 - Catalina N4936V written off at Otter Lake, flight attendant killed.[13][14]
  • August 21, 1966 - Goose N88820 written off near Juneau. Nine killed.[15]
  • August 30, 1967 - Goose N74588 accident at Prince Rupert, Canada.[16]


Former Alaska Coastal Airlines Bellanca Pacemaker CF-ATN preserved in Canada
Alaska Coastal Airlines CV-240 N196N taken in 1972.


  • Cohen, Stan (1988). Flying Beats Work. The Story of Reeve Aleutian Airways. Missoula: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. ISBN 0-933126-98-0.
  1. ^ a b "Ellis Airlines Fleet". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.
  2. ^ Alaska Coastal Airlines timetables.
  3. ^ a b library Shell's biography
  4. ^ a b c N2763A history
  5. ^ a b c d
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Geocities". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.
  9. ^
  10. ^ a b General Aviation News
  11. ^ Full history of NC49M
  12. ^ NTSB Accident report Archived December 26, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ < Archived 2005-01-18 at the Wayback Machine. N4936V accident details
  14. ^ Archived 2005-01-18 at the Wayback Machine. N4936V accident details
  15. ^
  16. ^ NTSB Accident report Archived February 15, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ a b c Juneau Floatplane History Archived 19 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Geocities Alaska Airlines Fleet List. Archived 2009-10-25.
  19. ^ a b Geocities Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines Fleet article & photos. Archived 2009-10-25.
  20. ^ Convair 240 production list.
  21. ^ Ozairliners Archived 2008-06-13 at the Wayback Machine. Complete history of N196N
  22. ^ "none". Skyways: 15. July 1995.
  23. ^ Widaguy Goose webpage
  24. ^
  25. ^ "ACA Fleet". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.
  26. ^
  27. ^ Photo of NC71097
  28. ^ history of N71097

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