Los Angeles Airways

Los Angeles Airways (LAA) was a helicopter airline based in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA. In April 1957 they had scheduled 17 weekday departures from LAX to 11 heliports from North Hollywood to San Bernardino to Santa Ana to Long Beach and also Disneyland!

LAA was the first civil operator of the Sikorsky S-61, introducing it on March 1, 1962. LAA ceased operation in 1971 and was purchased by Golden West Airlines – Jim Phillips
LAA helicopter landing at Disneyland. The Matterhorn seen in the background.


An earlier vision of LAA is 1965’s flying bus to move travelers from downtown to LAX —

LAA to Disneyland

Los Angeles Airways flew 28 passenger Sikorsky S61 helicopters from LAX to the outlying communities of Anaheim, Whittier, Downey, Newport Beach, Pomona, and San Bernardino — Ray Watters

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