It is not looking good for California Pacific Airlines, the would-be start up seeking to start West Coast flights from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport about 35 miles north of San Diego.
U-T San Diego reported last week that the airline was turned down by the FAA in its quest to begin operating. The airline, founded by 90-something businessman Ted Vallas, was to use Embraer E-170 jets to cities such as Phoenix, Oakland, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose, Las Vegas and Sacramento. Despite its shiny, professional quality website, aviation industry analysts have long been skeptical that the airline would ever fly.
“We rejected CP Air’s formal application for certification due to a number of deficiencies,” FAA Spokesman Ian Gregor told the San Diego newspaper. “We plan to meet with CP Air officials within the next few weeks to further discuss their application.”
It’s possible, of course, that California Pacific could make the necessary improvements and go back to the FAA. But few people I have spoken with believe that’s likely.
Also, U-T San Diego reports that the airline has lost its single plane, which it had leased. “As of last week, Embraer agreed to freeze the lease so that the airline would not have to continue paying rent until it needs the plane,” the airline’s CEO told the newspaper.