California Pacific launch postponed to mid-2013

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California Pacific Airlines has filed a request to extend its operation authority as it continues to work towards completing its 121 certification with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Carlsbad, California-based carrier plans to resubmit its application for 121 certification on or around 10 March and has received assurances from the FAA that certification will be complete by the late second quarter or early third quarter, in a filing with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) today.

The FAA's San Diego flight standards district office suspended California Pacific's previous application for 121 certification on 20 November 2012, which was subsequently appealed by the airline. The parties agreed that the carrier would resubmit its application under the aforementioned timeline.

The DOT granted operating authority to California Pacific in August 2011.

The carrier intended to begin operations by the end of 2012, after previous delays to its original late 2010 launch target.

California Pacific plans to launch service from Palomar airport in north San Diego county and Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento and San Jose with two Embraer 170s. Future destinations include Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.