CPAir to fly after 8 years of waiting
California Pacific Airlines, a start-up airline that goes under the brand name CPAir, is preparing to start its operations by April 1, 2018, after nine years of unsuccessful attempts to take off. CPAir is planning routes to six cities in the United States and Mexico, using its fleet of four E-145 and two E-170 jets with seating capability of 44 and 60 accordingly.
On November 16, 2017, the airline officially announced finally achieving its scheduled air carrier’s certificate after a series of unsuccessful attempts since its establishment in 2009. Prior to the announcement of FAA approval, the airline released a statement on November 11, 2017, claiming that plans to announce the purchase of another carrier that already has the required certification for scheduled service: “through a to-be-announced purchase of a 58-year-old airline [we] will have the FAA 121 certificate required for scheduled airlines”.
“Once we have the six planes delivered to us in March, we immediately can start service,” said Paul W. J. Hook, Chief Operating Officer of CPAir in a statement. “Each plane will have both first and business-class seating. Economy passengers won’t see much difference from business class. Our ticket pricing will be competitive with other airlines serving the area”.
CPAIr was found in 2009 by entrepreneur Ted Vallas and planned to begin operations in 2011. However, at least three unsuccessful attempts to gain FAA’s certification made to postpone the plans a couple of times. The CPAIr’s nine-year long struggle reminds another US airline – Baltia. After a 27-years struggle to obtain FAR Part 121 certification, the last time Baltia announced new routes was in May 2017.
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