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History Of Golden West Airlines  
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 13
Posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3546 times:
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Could someone please provide a history of Golden West Airlines, a commuter airline which operated in Southern California in the 1970s and early 1980s? At what point did they go bust? Are there any remnants left today? Please share any experiences of the airline.


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6903 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

I'll check Davies. I'm guessing they lasted until 1984 or so.

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

Golden West ceased operations in 1983. They were based in San Luis Obispo, CA. They flew Twin Otters, Shorts 330s & 360s and Dash 7s. This is all the info I have at the moment. Regards.


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User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3497 times:
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Thanks for all info so far--all of which I knew already. There's a pretty good collection of Golden West photos in the database. Still, I'm curious as to the circumstances of their going out of business and whether there are any remnants today...

User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2012 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

Golden West operated over 20 flights a day between SNA and LAX. Some of the flights stopped in Fullerton. They also flew to SBA, Catalina, Ontario, and other S Cal airports. In the 70's prior to regulation, they had interline agreements with the majors where you could fly out of SNA to LAX and it would only add a few dollars to the ticket price, kind of like LA Helicoptor Airways did in the 50's and early 60's. I used to fly on their twin Otters frequently. The SD-330 and 360 were too big for the routes. Until they got the bigger aircraft, they were a successful commuter.

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5848 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

Swift Aire was the airline based in San Luis Obispo. Golden West was based elsewhere in Southern California, I just can't remember where the HQ was right now. I also believe it was 1985 that Golden West closed its doors.

There are no remnants today. As far as the circumstances, I'll have to do some digging but my memory seems to be that they were simply a casualty of the post deregulation wars in California, along with Swift, Apollo, Golden Gate and others.

I.E. Quastler of San Diego State University has chronicled the commuter airlines in that era in several books, most out of print. You might find information in a used copy of one of his books.



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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6903 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3484 times:

Davies and Quastler say Golden West was a result of a 1969 merger and ceased ops in 4/83. I have some 1981-83 timetables if you want to know more about routes.



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