Grand Canyon Airlines

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Grand Canyon Airlines
Grand Canyon Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1927 (1927)
AOC #GCNA035A[1]
HubsGrand Canyon National Park Airport

Boulder City Airport

Page Municipal Airport
Fleet size21
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, United States. It also has bases at Grand Canyon National Park Airport and Page Municipal Airport, both in Arizona.[2] It operates sightseeing tours and charter 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] The company slogan is With Grand Canyon Airlines, Your Memories are Cleared for Takeoff!

It is owned by Elling Halvorson and has 600 employees (as of October 2019).[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.

On February 23, 1929, the opening day of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Scenic Airways dropped a 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 29, 2007, Scenic Airlines was sold to Grand Canyon Airlines and was subsequently renamed Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines. The airline continued to operate from the Boulder City Airport providing services to Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon, Page, Arizona, Monument Valley, Utah, and Rainbow Bridge, Utah. At that time, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines continued to operate sightseeing flight services to the Grand Canyon every day of the year.

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 Sightseeing Destinations[edit]


As of May 2020 the Grand Canyon Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8]

Grand Canyon Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 13
Cessna 208B Caravan 8

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  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 2009-04-28.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 22 October 2015.
  9. ^ "N76GC accident description page". Retrieved 2009-01-22.
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  11. ^ "N75GC accident description page". Retrieved 2009-01-22.
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