Lindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3085 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
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.
Lindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3085 posts, RR: 15 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2753 times:
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...
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1900 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2747 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.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5738 posts, RR: 16 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2743 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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