Zantop Air Transport

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Zantop Air Transport
Founded 1962
Ceased operations 1966
Focus cities Detroit, Michigan
Key people Lloyd Zantop

Zantop Air Transport was a United States airline formed from Zantop Flying Service in 1962. The Civil Aeronautics Board approved transfer of the operating certificate of Coastal Airlines to Zantop Air Transport, which had incorporated and become a supplemental air carrier. The former company had been a hauler for the Big Three automakers. With the new arrangement Zantop could provide individually waybilled services. The original founders of Zantop Flying Services, the Zantop brothers, all sold their stock and resigned from the company in 1966, at which time it became Universal Airlines, Inc.

The airline was based at Wayne County Airport, Inster, Michigan.[1]

Zantop Flying Service[edit]

Zantop Flying Service' was a United States air service formed by brothers Duane, Lloyd, Howard and Elroy Zantop as a partnership in 1946.[2] The base of operations for the new company was Jackson, Michigan. At first, the fledgling company used light aircraft, and performed cargo duties for General Motors. In 1952 the company obtained a commercial operators permit and began to service Chrysler and Ford. A year later in 1953 they moved the operations to Wayne Major Airport, now Detroit Metro Airport.

The company continued under that name until becoming Zantop Air Transport in 1962

Zantop International Airlines[edit]

Zantop International Airlines was incorporated in May, 1972 with 100% of the stock being owned by the Zantop family.

Fleet[edit]

The Zantop Air Transport fleet consists of the following aircraft as of :1966

Zantop Air Transport Fleet
Aircraft Total Routes Notes
ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH ARGOSY 7
CURTISS WRIGHT C-46 COMMANDO 51
DC-3/C-47 11
DC-4 / C-54 6
DC-6 5
DC-7BF 17 Detroit-Willow Run

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 28 July 1966 Curtiss C-46A-45-CU N9905F
  • 16 June 1966 Curtiss C-46A-60-CK N10415 2 Fatlities
  • 14 October 1965 Armstrong Whitworth AW-650 Arg N601Z
  • 13 September 1965 Curtiss C-46D-5-CU N5132B
  • 30 December 1964 Curtiss C-46A-45-CU N608Z 4 Fatalities
  • 20 November 1964 Curtiss C-46F-1-CU N3971B
  • 30 June 1964 Douglas C-54A-5-DC N188S
  • 7 December 1963 Curtiss C-46A-20-CU N609Z 3 Fatalities
  • 16 Feb 1963 Curtiss C-46F-1-CU N616Z
  • 14 November 1961 Douglas DC-4 N30061[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Aviation. Ziff-Davis Pub. Co. June 23, 1969. 
  2. ^ Civil Aeronautics Board Reports: Economic Cases of the Civil Aeronautics Board. Washington, DC: Supt. of Docs. 1983. p. 404.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ "Zantop Air Transport- Accident & incidents". Retrieved 15 Mar 2011.