California Pacific Airlines to launch service from Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - North San Diego County air travelers will soon have a new flight option from McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

California Pacific Airlines said Friday it would start taking passengers to Pacific Southwest destinations before the end of summer.

Company president and CEO Paul Hook says the airline will succeed where others have failed because it will be able to offer something they could not: reliability.

“What we’re looking at here an Embraer 145 regional jet,” said Hook as he looked at the 50-seat jet on the tarmac.

Potential investors and ‘Airplane’ actor Robert Hays were on board a flight that left Friday for Sacramento. Hays represented a blood donor charity which partners with regional airlines to deliver rare blood types quickly.

“All the doors are set up to open really easily - so, when I go up and announce I’ll be your captain today, I want to see how fast the plane empties,” Hays said.

The airline will offer service to cities including San Jose, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

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