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Scenic Airlines is an Americanmarker regional airline based in Paradise, Nevadamarker, Nevadamarker, USAmarker. It operates sightseeing flights from Boulder City Airport in Boulder City, Nevadamarker.


Scenic Airlines was started by John & Elizabeth Seibold and their single engine Cessna airplane in North Las Vegasmarker in 1967. Between 1967 and 1993 Scenic Airlines grew to be one of the world's largest fixed-wing air tour operations. In 2000, John Seibold was recognized by the Las Vegas Review Journal as being one of the most influential businessmen in Las Vegas in the previous 100 years. In 1977, Scenic Airlines purchased the design and manufacturing rights to turboprop-powered conversions of the Cessna 402 and Cessna 414 from American Jet Industries. In 1983, the airline co-developed modifications to the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter to make it more suitable for use as an air tour airplane. The airline eventually moved to Las Vegas's McCarran International Airportmarker.

In 1993 the Seibolds sold the airline to SkyWest Airlines and it continued to see growth until it merged with Eagle Canyon Airlines in 1998. In spring 2006, citing rising fuel costs, the airline announced it would be ceasing scheduled passenger operations to focus on its sightseeing flights, thus abandoning its scheduled services using its fleet of three Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. Almost all of the scheduled service routes were Essential Air Service routes and were picked up by US Airways, operated by Air Midwest.

On March 29, 2007, Scenic Airlines was sold to Grand Canyon Airlines and today the airline operates from the Boulder City Airport providing services to Grand Canyon Westmarker, Grand Canyon, Page, Arizonamarker, Monument Valley, Utahmarker, and Rainbow Bridge, Utahmarker. Scenic Airlines continues sightseeing service to the Grand Canyon every day of the year.

On March 19, 2009 Scenic Airlines moved its operations at the Boulder City Municipal Airportmarker into the companies new Boulder City Aerocenter, a terminal.

Although operations have been merged both Scenic and Grand Canyon have been operating under two operating certificates. Scenic will no longer exist after April 30, 2009 when both airlines will be merged and operate under the Grand Canyon Airlines operating certificate.


Scheduled flight destinations

Scheduled sightseeing destinations


Since it was founded in 1966, Scenic Airlines has experienced at least five fatal accidents.

  • On October 16, 1971 a Scenic Airlines Cessna 402 en route from North Las Vegas Airport to the Grand Canyonmarker crashed while attempting to turn away from poor weather conditions on a sightseeing tour. The pilot and all nine passengers were killed.

  • On November 30, 1975 a flight from Ely, Nevadamarker to Elko, Nevadamarker in a Scenic Cessna 402 crashed in poor weather due to improper IFR procedures. The pilot and the sole passenger were killed.

  • On July 21, 1980 a Cessna 404 Titan departing the Grand Canyon Airport for Phoenix, Arizonamarker experienced an engine failure on take-off due to foreign material, improper maintenance, and improper procedures. All eight persons aboard (seven passengers and one crew member) were killed.

  • On September 20, 1996 a Cessna T207A operated by Scenic Airlines was being re-positioned at night from Grand Canyon, Arizona to St. George, Utah. For reasons undetermined, the airplane collided with the top of a 4,600-foot bluff killing the sole occupant.

  • On October 8, 1997 a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operated by Scenic Airlines departed Montrose, Colorado for a flight to Page, Arizona. While climbing at the normal rate of climb to 15,400 feet, the airplane disappeared from radar. The wreckage was located among pine trees and exhibited evidence of a steep descent angle consistent with a stall or spin. All eight passengers and pilot were killed.
  • The wreckage of the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crash sits at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescottmarker Arizona, Robertson Crash Laboratory where it is used by the students of the crash investigation class taught by Safety Science Professor William D.Waldock.

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