EDITED 5/28/19 Cal Jet is no longer in operation! We were so disappointed because this was an amazing experience.
Disenchanted with TSA?
Annoyed by long lines and the “airport rude” attitude?
Want to experience a ZEN flying experience that is close to private?
If so, and you are in SoCal (Orange County to San Diego County) you should check out CalJet by Elite Air with $69 flights from Carlsbad, CA to Las Vegas, NV!
Linda: Hey, it’s Linda and Charles, with Fun Loving Couples. We are at the McClellan Airport.
Charles: McClellan-Palomar Airport.
Linda: In Carlsbad, taking our first Cal Jet flight to Vegas.
Charles: Is this a private jet?
Linda: It’s a-
Charles: Semi-private jet-
Linda: Semi-private. So-
Charles: But look at this! Here’s the thing. Look at this. There’s no angry parking-
Linda: TSA or whatever.
Charles: Or traffic folks outside telling you, you got 30 seconds to park and get out. Matter of fact, there’s no one out here. It’s already calm and collected. It’s already enjoyable.
Linda: Yes, we’re already in zen. So, we have a surprise. So stay tuned.
ENJOY THIS BRIEF INTERMISSION
Linda: Hey, it’s Linda and Charles with Fun Loving Couples. Today, we have the pleasure and honor to talk to George Wozniak, president of Cal Jet. So, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to talk with Fun Loving Couples about this amazing airline.
George Wozniak: You know, it’s been fun to put this whole thing together, too, and you know, it took about four years to get through all the regulatory process of being able to fly out of this wonderful airport. And, I think, that’s where this really starts, that there’s an airport that sits between Orange County and downtown San Diego’s Lindbergh Field that has all the amenities of a major airport but none of the crowds.
And, we’re the first jet service to ever operate out of this airport, and it has full TSA, it has customs and immigration. But when you start and you look at the whole process of getting here, which I think you’ve experienced a little bit this morning. You drive up. Where do they have 15-minute free parking right in front? And, then if you park in the actual lots, it’s $5 a day, which is unheard of anywhere in the country. But, because we’re the only airline flying out of here, TSA is quick, they smile, which is … you know, not that that doesn’t happen other places in the country … but, they’re very happy to work here.
And, then from the time you check in to get on the airplane, it’s almost as close to flying private as I think you can get. So, we’re excited about the opportunity to fly out of here to begin with, especially for the Orange County people, you don’t have to do that drive, and you don’t have to do all those other things.
And, then, Las Vegas is our first destination. In December, we’re going to start Phoenix and Oakland again on a schedule, two flights a day. And, then we’ll add Sacramento and San Jose and Cabo San Lucas in the first quarter.
>>>>Watch for the funny photo/video bomber in the background. Everyone was in a good mood!<<<<
Linda: Nice! Amazing! So when we … actually, our son dropped us off. We pulled up, two seconds, get out, get in line, got to meet Valerie. Val?
George Wozniak: Yes.
Linda: Lovely. Lovely experience. Super easy. Checked our bag. Went to the restaurant, had breakfast. And TSA was a breeze.
Charles: TSA was enjoyable. Come on!
George Wozniak: They are really having lots of fun working here. And, they … As soon as they came back [inaudible 00:03:23] drive downtown or come here. We’re closer. The whole experience. They built this airport in 2006. That’s the worst time you could possibly upgrade a facility. And, so they had this diamond waiting, and we happened to be lucky enough to see the opportunity.
We went to the airport and said, “What will you allow us to do?,” not, “Here’s what we want to do.” And that seemed to work a lot better. And, then, you know with the FAA and the TSA and the DOT and all the regulatory branches, they liked what the whole program seemed to move into, so everybody cooperated, and we got it done. So, it was a real group effort.
Linda: Wow. We’re super impressed. So you guys definitely have to check it out. Especially all the San Diegoans and the North County folks.
George Wozniak: Our airfares are competitive to any airline flying out of Orange County or Lindbergh. You know, we start at $69 one-way, and we have lots of availability. So, please give us a try.
Charles: 17 people on our flight today. It holds what, 70?
George Wozniak: It holds 70. We’re flying CRJ700’s, so they’re big jets. You get on this plane, it looks like a little mini 737.
Charles: There’s the jet behind us.
Linda: Can’t wait. So, we’ll be posting a lot of pictures as well.
George Wozniak: Good.
Check back often as we intend to follow the growth of Cal Jet and travel to their growing list of destinations!
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