Zantop Air Transport

Zantop Air Transport was a United States airline formed from Zantop Flying Service in 1962. The Civil Aeronautics Board approved transfer of the operating certificate of Coastal Airlines to Zantop Air Transport, which had incorporated and become a supplemental air carrier. The former company had been a hauler for the Big Three automakers. With the new arrangement Zantop could provide individually waybilled services. The original founders of Zantop Flying Services, the Zantop brothers, all sold their stock and resigned from the company in 1966, at which time it became Universal Airlines, Inc.

Zantop Air Transport
Ceased operations1966
Focus citiesDetroit, Michigan
Key peopleLloyd Zantop

The airline was based at Wayne County Airport, Inkster, Michigan.[1]

Zantop Flying ServiceEdit

Zantop Flying Service' was a United States air service formed by brothers Duane, Lloyd, Howard and Elroy Zantop as a partnership in 1946.[2] The base of operations for the new company was Jackson, Michigan. At first, the fledgling company used light aircraft, and performed cargo duties for General Motors. In 1952 the company obtained a commercial operators permit and began to service Chrysler and Ford. A year later in 1953 they moved the operations to Wayne Major Airport, now Detroit Metro Airport.

The company continued under that name until becoming Zantop Air Transport in 1962

Zantop International AirlinesEdit

Zantop International Airlines was incorporated in May, 1972 with 100% of the stock being owned by the Zantop family.


The Zantop Air Transport fleet consists of the following aircraft as of 1966:[3]

Zantop Air Transport Fleet
Aircraft Total Routes Notes
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy 9
Curtiss C-46 Commando 49
Douglas DC-3 4
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 4
Douglas DC-4 7
Douglas DC-6 7
Douglas DC-7 21 Detroit-Willow Run

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • 28 July 1966 - Curtiss C-46A-45-CU N9905F
  • 16 June 1966 - Curtiss C-46A-60-CK N10415 2 Fatlities
  • 14 October 1965 - Armstrong Whitworth AW-650 Arg N601Z
  • 13 September 1965 - Curtiss C-46D-5-CU N5132B
  • 30 December 1964 - Curtiss C-46A-45-CU N608Z 4 Fatalities
  • 20 November 1964 - Curtiss C-46F-1-CU N3971B
  • 30 June 1964 - Douglas C-54A-5-DC N188S
  • 7 December 1963 - Curtiss C-46A-20-CU N609Z 3 Fatalities
  • 16 Feb 1963 - Curtiss C-46F-1-CU N616Z
  • 14 November 1961 Douglas DC-4 N30061[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ American Aviation. Ziff-Davis Pub. Co. June 23, 1969.
  2. ^ United States Civil Aeronautics Board (1983). Civil Aeronautics Board Reports: Economic Cases of the Civil Aeronautics Board. Washington, DC: Supt. of Docs. p. 404.
  3. ^ "Zantop Air transport". rzjets. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Zantop Air Transport- Accident & incidents". Retrieved 15 Mar 2011.