Gem State Airlines

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Gem State Airlines
Gem State Airlines Convair 580 Silagi-1.jpg
Convair 580 in 1980
Founded 1978
Ceased operations 1980
Focus cities Boise, Idaho,
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Fleet size 9
Destinations 12
Headquarters Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.
Key people Tom Soumas, Jr.
Justin S. Colin
(1924–2012)

Gem State Airlines was a United States airline founded in 1978 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It carried passengers for 11 months, from December 1978 to November 1979,[1][2] and merged in January 1980 with Air Pacific to become Golden Gate Airlines.[3][4][5][6][7]

Founded by Thomas D. "Tom" Soumas, Jr. (b. 1953) of Coeur d'Alene,[8][9] its primary investor was Justin S. Colin (1924–2012), a New York financier.[10][11][12][13]

Idaho's nickname is the Gem State, with origins back to its territorial years.[14]

Cities served[edit]

Source:[4][15]

Fleet[edit]

Source:[6][16][17][18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airline's demise day away". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 8, 1979. p. 3. 
  2. ^ Harrell, Sylvia (November 10, 1979). "Goodbye". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  3. ^ airlines
  4. ^ a b Golden Gate Airlines Image Gallery
  5. ^ Harrell, Sylvia (January 30, 1980). "Gem State Airlines? Oh, you mean Golden Gate". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C. 
  6. ^ a b "Gem State: Idaho refugee buys California airline". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). January 10, 1980. p. 9C. 
  7. ^ "Gem Airlines' financial savior files for personal bankruptcy". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). August 25, 1982. p. 2B. 
  8. ^ "Airline just needs a plane". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). UPI. December 25, 1974. p. 8Z. 
  9. ^ Roche, Kevin (August 27, 1978). "Takeoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C. 
  10. ^ "Gem State Airlines 'remarkable'". Ellensburg Daily Record. (Washington). UPI. August 1, 1979. p. 24. 
  11. ^ "Soumas still wants air carrier in Idaho". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). January 9, 1980. p. 10. 
  12. ^ Roche, Kevin (October 25, 1978). "New York financier invested heavily in Gem State Airlines". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 5A. 
  13. ^ "Justin Colin". legacy.com. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Idaho, the Gem State" (PDF). Idaho Geological Survey. November 2002. 
  15. ^ Gem State Airlines
  16. ^ Shelledy, Jay (March 14, 1979). "Gem State adds plane, Sun Valley flights". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 14A. 
  17. ^ "Gem State buys bigger planes". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). April 17, 1979. p. 10A. 
  18. ^ Pettit, Diane (September 22, 1979). "Gem State says it will return to Moscow-Pullman". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B. 
  19. ^ "Gem State: airline in the red". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 28, 1979. p. 6B.