Scenic Airlines was founded in 1967 and started operating several smaller Cessnas. The demand soon exceeded the supply, so a Ford Trimotor was used. A DHC-6 Twin Otter was used for the first time in 1972 . In 1988 Scenic Airlines merged with Eagle Canyon Airlines, with the name Scenic Airlines remaining. In 2001 Scenic Airlines received the license for scheduled flights. These were carried out with a Beechcraft 1900D , but discontinued in 2006 due to high costs.
In 2007 Scenic Airlines was bought by Grand Canyon Airlines, which is part of the Papillon Group. The name was retained again in order to offer even more options for tourists in combination with Papillon Helicopter and Grand Canyon Airlines.
The Scenic Airlines fleet consists of 16 DHC-6 Vistaliners , each with 19 seats and particularly large panoramic windows.
- On October 8, 1997, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan , which had been chartered by the US Department of the Interior, crashed in flight after several changes of direction and a dive into a pine forest on a 3030 meter high plateau. All 8 passengers and the pilot were killed.
- Web presence of Scenic Airlines (English)
- B.I. Hengi: Airlines Worldwide . 7th edition. NARA-Verlag, 2012, ISBN 978-3-925671-59-3 .
- Günter Endres / Graham Edwards: Type manual airlines . Heel, 2008, ISBN 978-3-89880-916-0 .
- Scenic Airlines Equipment (English), accessed January 24, 2015
- Aircraft accident data and report in the Aviation Safety Network (English)