The New California Airline Taking on Southwest

by | Nov 8, 2018

The New California Airline Taking on SouthwestA new airline is taking flight in California and it’s hoping to take on southwest.

It’s called California Pacific Airlines and was started by ninety-seven-year-old golf course developer and entrepreneur, Ted Vallas. He plans to take advantage of the rapid growth between San Diego and Los Angeles and target Southern California travelers.

Right now the airline flies between Carlsbad in Northern San Diego County to San Jose and Reno. It plans to expand into Las Vegas and Phoenix later this month.

California Pacific says the airline will focus on business travelers who commute weekly for work and those heading to Las Vegas or Reno for a weekend of fun.

The airline says its biggest competition will be Southwest, so it’s coming out swinging by offering two free checked bags. And similar to Southwest, one way fares will range from ninety-nine to one hundred and forty-nine dollars.

California Pacific is flying a fleet of four fifty seat jets that can easily move in and out of smaller airports. Something it hopes will be an advantage in a highly competitive market.

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