Great Lakes Aviation

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In 1977, Great Lakes Aviation traces its success back to April 15th with the creation of Spirit Lake Airways. Found by Doug Voss and Ivan Simpson in Spirit Lake, Iowa, the company offered flight instruction, charter service, and aircraft maintenance.

In 1979, Great Lakes Aviation officially incorporated on October 25th; the Company name change reflected its expansion in the Iowa Great Lakes Region of Northwest Iowa.

On January 20th, 1994, the Company completed an initial public offering of its stock trading on the NASDAQ exchange under GLUX. The proceeds allowed the acquisition of larger aircraft. In May, Great Lakes Aviation purchased it's first of twelve Embraer Brasilia aircraft, which provide 30-seat capacity and in-flight service. The company also took delivery of its first Beechcraft 1900D airliner, which features a stand-up cabin enhancing passenger comfort.

On May 1st, 2001, Great Lakes Aviation announced a re-branding from the United Express to it's own independent identity "Great Lakes Airlines." A new code-share agreement with United Airlines was negotiated, allowing the company to arrange similar code-sharing relationships with other airlines. On July 9th, a code-share agreement began with Frontier Airlines bringing their affordable fares to communities served by Great Lakes Airlines.

In March 2005, Great Lakes began providing service to Sierra Vista, AZ along with Enid and Ponca City, OK and Pueblo, CO. Great Lakes will continue its expansion to include three more cities in New Mexico; Clovis, Silver City and Albuquerque; as well as Show Low, Kingman and Prescott, Arizona.

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Great Lakes Aviation
1022 Airport Parkway
Cheyenne, WY 82001
United States

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307.432.7000, 307.433.2899, 800.554.5111

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