Carlsbad Based California Pacific To Serve Niche Markets

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California Pacific Sets Up Shop at Carlsbad

California Pacific is based in Northern San Diego County at Mc Clellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad (CRQ), A fast growing area of sunny Northern San Diego County. Today, those who live in the North County must commute to San Diego International (SAN) – or hop a United Express flight to Los Angeles (LAX) from Mc Clellan-Palomar – Carlsbad (CRQ) Airport and work the hub and spoke system to ones destination.

The North County has proliferated in recent years and today is called home to more than 1.3 million residents. California Pacific’s goal is to operate flights from Mc Clellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad (CRQ) using state of the art Embraer-170 twin-jet aircraft. The First Embraer-170 is scheduled for delivery on July 10, 2012.

California Pacific’s plan is simple — to provide a convenient option for air travel in the North County. Passengers will have a more pleasant experience at Carlsbad Airport, avoiding the added time, hassle, and expense of driving to San Diego Lindbergh Field (SAN).

The carrier is waiting on DOT and FAA authorization to obtain the green light for its initial launch.

California Pacific Destinations

A timetable has yet to be put in stone, but the short list includes:

  • Sacramento (SMF)
  • Oakland Intl (OAK)
  • San Jose International (SJC)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Phoenix (PHX) and,
  • Cabo San Lucas – Los Cabos Intl Airport (SJD).

The Embraer 170 aircraft California Pacific will fly is a modern jet with wing mounted engines and 2×2 seating, everyone gets an aisle or a window seat – no middle seats! The seat width on these E-Jets will be the widest in the market, plus the E-170 provides ample overhead storage space. In fact, it offers up to 28% more total stowage volume per seat when compared to other similar capacity narrow-body jets.

As a result of the quickly growing North County, Founder, Ted Valles believes CP Air will rejuvenate the regional air system concept.

Speaking of the new carrier, Vallas, said, “Operations out of Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport will save North County residents (1) a typical three-hour roundtrip to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, (2) a delay of ninety minutes standing in lines, clearing security, and preparing for flight, and (3) an average expense of $24 for parking.”

Parking at Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport is $5 per day.

When you depart from Carlsbad (CRQ), you’ll have neared or reached your destination in the time it takes to drive to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field (SAN).

Meet the Executive Team

The Executive Team has significant knowledge of the industry combined with experience start up companies face, which often have unique funding and marketing needs.

Aside from Vallas is Lawrence “Bud” Sittig, CEO of California Pacific. Sittig was a previous Director of Flight Safety at Delta and Vice President of Operations for Skybus, a start-up carrier from Columbus. He brings experience with the FAA certification process along with raising equity and working the day to day airline operations.

The Chief Financial Officer, Steve Lupinacci, a CPA by Training, who spent the first half of his career as a Partner at Price Waterhouse. Lupinacci brings significant experience when it comes to early stage ventures. Lupinacci has had success in working to provide two companies with Initial Public Offerings (IPO) on the NASDAQ.

Jim Buntz, Senior Vice President, Business Development brings experience with start-up companies, specifically start-up Telcos. Buntz has worked with an impressive list of Telcos including Time Warner Telecom in Indianapolis, XO Communications in Santa Ana, ISG and Telepacific in San Diego.

Chris Grazel, once a Naval Aviator, is now Senior Vice President of Operations. Grazel has 20 years experience at US Airways where he was a Check Airman and Assistant Chief Pilot. When opportunity knocked, Grazel was recruited by Skybus, as their first Chief Pilot. After SkyBus, he went to Spirit Airlines as VP of Flight Operations and most recently was the Executive Director/COO of the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio.

Finally, Fernando Iriarte Woodside, is acting as Advisor To CEO. Woodside is CEO of Sui Generis Entertainment Group and a member of the Board of Directors for Grupo Formula. Woodside is a bilingual marketing specialist creating and developing successful advertising campaigns for international brands such as PepsiCo, LG, Nextel, ING, and Ford Motor Company in Mexico.

When will California Pacific Begin Operations?

This is up to the Federal Government issuing the necessary permits and certificates between the DOT and FAA. We’ll be sure to let you know when California Pacific takes to the Skies.

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