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lindy field
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History Of Golden West Airlines

Sun Sep 09, 2001 4:59 am

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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timz
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RE: History Of Golden West Airlines

Mon Sep 10, 2001 6:34 am

I'll check Davies. I'm guessing they lasted until 1984 or so.
 
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RE: History Of Golden West Airlines

Mon Sep 10, 2001 7:00 am

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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RE: History Of Golden West Airlines

Mon Sep 10, 2001 8:35 am

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...
 
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RE: History Of Golden West Airlines

Mon Sep 10, 2001 12:06 pm

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.
 
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RE: History Of Golden West Airlines

Mon Sep 10, 2001 2:55 pm

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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RE: History Of Golden West Airlines

Tue Sep 11, 2001 3:30 am

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.