A new airline is about to begin service out of Carlsbad's . It's called "," and is just a few months away from taking travlers to northern California, Las Vegas, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The first jet in the California Pacific Airlines fleet is a Brazillian built plane, the "Embraer 170." Over 250 people were invited to take a tour of the plane at a July 10th welcome reception at the airport. A company brochure describes the plane as, "not the narrow body regional jet that has typically flown out of Palomar. The seats and isle are wider than the Boeing 737, and provide a more enjoyable flight. With a cabin height of 6 feet and business class legroom throughout the entire plane all passengers will fly in comfort."
The founder and CEO of the new airline, is 91-year-old North County businessman, Ted Vallas. He says the ticket prices for his new airline will be competitive with other carriers, but he can't name the prices yet, due to a restriction on early advertising. The company is not allowed to advertise until they receive final certification from the FAA to operate as an airline. Vallas expects that approval from the FAA within a few months.
Vallas said this new jet is the first of four jets his company will lease to begin air service by the end of the year.