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Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 3:41 am

Question:

What airlines, past and present were based in California at one point?

To my knowledge, there are no current running airlines based here. But here are some that I can think of that were:

AirCal (SNA)
PSA (SAN)
Western (LAX)
Continental (LAX)-yes they were based here at one point
Air 21 (FAT)
Pacific Express (SFO)
Jet America (LGB)
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 3:43 am

What about Allegiant Air Matt? Aren't they based in LGB?

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 3:44 am

That's right. I forgot about them. Except I think that Allegiant is based at FAT.
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 3:45 am

Yes, Allegiant is based in Fresno.
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 4:01 am

I remember Pacific Airlines (SFO)
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 4:02 am

I am an ex-California boy...
xxx
The airline industry has fled California, once an airline paradise... because of that state's taxation. To add to your list, many airlines were also considered "Californian", but with shared interests in other states... In the 1970s, I considered Continental Airlines, as a Los Angeles/Denver airline, and Western Airlines, was a Los Angeles/Salt Lake City airline... As for United, which is a Chicago airline, San Francisco is their main maintenance base.
xxx
I left California myself, after PanAms bankruptcy... for Argentina. Occasionally I visit there, the airline industry is no longer in California... Boeing took over Douglas LGB, and Lockheed Burbank is gone to Marietta, Georgia.
xxx
What is left are the desert parking and cemeteries... Mojave and Victorville, but I am certain that California will find a way to get taxes from parked or defunct airliners soon...
xxx
Happy contrails, the motto once was "California or bust"... no longer is -
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 4:06 am

The airline industry has fled California, once an airline paradise... because of that state's taxation

Excellent post there. If you dare hop over into the Non-Av forum, there are a couple of discussions going on about this.

Basically, our idiot governor (and a lot of people here) would respond to your charges [which are spot-on], by saying "so what? We have nice weather."
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 4:18 am

Basically, our idiot governor (and a lot of people here) would respond to your charges [which are spot-on], by saying "so what? We have nice weather."

I think you've completely missed the point of what those of us that defended California wrote. Maybe you should reread all of that stuff.
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 4:58 am

I appreciate your comments, Matt D  Smile
xxx
I was born in Santa Monica, and lived for a long time in Thousand Oaks, once Thousand Oaks was known as "Thousand Pilots", because that area, with Agoura, Westlake Village and Simi Valley attracted a lot of pilots...
xxx
I resided in Thousand Oaks even though never based at LAX with PanAm, had to commute to JFK and MIA, which were my bases for most of my PanAm career, I tried to get LAX or SFO, but these places were very "senior" bases.
xxx
When I got married in Argentina (I had been a widower), my wife always had dreamed about California as a paradise - I came back to Thousand Oaks with her, to find out that her Spanish language relegated her to "low class" person, she got very frustrated and told me "let's go home to Buenos Aires"... We sold the house in Thousand Oaks, and said goodbye for good.
xxx
USA, and California, are a dream for many Hispanics. It was not for her, and no longer is for me. I keep California in my heart, like it was in the 1960s... or even in the 1970s... but since the late 1980s... things have changed.
xxx
Since I was living and working in Argentina, I was not liable for USA/Federal income tax, yet California tried to tax me in every way... Californians are now facing triple taxation for car registration, the highest gasoline prices in USA, and if you work in the airline industry, go somewhere else... Education... what a joke in California schools, they are breeding little idiots...
xxx
All airlines have bailed out from California... obvious...
People like me (and many others) have bailed out from California... obvious...
I am a smoker, unfortunately, and respect non-smokers, yet when I respect them by going to smoke on the sidewalk of that restaurant, I am told that the sidewalk is "non-smoking area"...
xxx
Corporate taxes have killed the California industry. Even out-of-state airlines which acquired California airlines have dumped all their California bases, i.e. AirCal taken over by AA, and PSA by US Air...
xxx
All the training and simulators facilities have disappeared in California... None are left.
xxx
Once California, was the state at the edge of social and economic advance in USA, it is now a dumpsite... Goodbye...
xxx
Not so happy contrails (to use my usual signoff motto) -
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 7:25 am

How about Aero California?
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 7:41 am

Aero California, is an airline of Mexico, I dont know where in Mexico they are based.
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:14 am

They're based in La Paz.
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:20 am

Allegiant was founded and originally based in Fresno. However, the new majority owner, Maurice Gallagher, is relocating both the corporate HQ and operations to LAS. Only reservations and a few small functions will remain at FAT.
http://www.allegiantair.com/release060903a.html
I understand that their FAT pilot base may close later this year.

If you want to look at former California-based regional operators also then you need to consider some like:
SwiftAire, Golden Gate, Golden West, Golden Eagle, WingsWest, WestAir, etc.
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:35 am

Does anyone remember another California based airline named AirLA back in the early 90's??? If I'm not mistaken they operated turboprops within the SoCal area, including flights to Tijuana...



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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:45 am

B747skipper:

Next time, try western Missouri/eastern Kansas. A lot of your California friends have moved there and find it quite nice, albeit a little cold in the winter.

And they only have power-outages when you would expect them to happen: During ice-storms!

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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 9:07 am

B747Skipper wrote:
When I got married in Argentina (I had been a widower), my wife always had dreamed about California as a paradise - I came back to Thousand Oaks with her, to find out that her Spanish language relegated her to "low class" person, she got very frustrated and told me "let's go home to Buenos Aires"... We sold the house in Thousand Oaks, and said goodbye for good.

Well skipper I have to respectfully disagree..1st of all if someone took me to Thousand Oaks....I'd want out too..without speaking a word of english. It's nice up there as is Oxnard. But I wouldn't wanna live there. Santa Barbara is too, but wouldn't wanna live there either. But many of residents do, they like the serenity and beauty that those areas offer. (I love driving up there along PCH myself..knowing I can always turn around after lunch and return---to the City) They probably hate the taxes...but they certainly wouldn't want the financial calamity that had burdened Argentina in the last few years...we haven't had people make runs on the banks here lately...infact..NEVER!

You also said:
All airlines have bailed out from California... obvious...
People like me (and many others) have bailed out from California... obvious...

You must be joking. Van Nuys is the general aviation capital. LGB has service like it has never had before..they've reached their self-imposed limit.
Service to LAX is growing monthly if not weekly. A recent trip up to SFO showed me just how busy LAX was in comparison. Yes the Aircraft industry is dead (Boeing,Lockheed etc.) But it's all being rolled up into one company..Boeing. But no sir, the airline industry is a live and well and we're about to receive airlinks and services we may not be able to accomodate. Today you go out to LAX and see FIVE Qantas 747s forming a cluster..a recent arriving DL pilot asked the tower over the radio 'Is Qantas going outta business?'...it's just that they have selected this place to be there N. American strong hold as have Air New Zealand. The beat goes on.
You also said:
Corporate taxes have killed the California industry. Even out-of-state airlines which acquired California airlines have dumped all their California bases, i.e. AirCal taken over by AA, and PSA by US Air...

Well these are normal business acquistion practices. AOL-Time-Warner doesn't want to pick up and place everything on the Warner Brothers Studio lot...that would be ludicrous! Although all those carriers were swallowed up and taken out..the vacuum was filled! Southwest and America West have gladly taken those slots as have AAs and United's (non-labeled) shuttle svcs between LAX-SFO.

You said:
All the training and simulators facilities have disappeared in California... None are left.

Probably so...I wouldn't know.

You said:
Once California, was the state at the edge of social and economic advance in USA, it is now a dumpsite... Goodbye...

This dumpsite has in 3 years gone from being the 7th ranked economic power on the planet if it were a stand alone stand to '5th'....sounds like progress to me.

You said:
Education... what a joke in California schools, they are breeding little idiots...

As far as schools, well... I do know we have some the worlds most advanced universities. On the public school front..it seems to me that schools today offer more to students than when I went to school. [And this applies to all 50 states]As for idiot kids..well I personally believe that's more of a parental thing...more parents need to take responsibility in sheparding their kids. The teacher's job is to keep them on lesson plans. But if Dad is a slacker...most likely junior will be one too! One can only hope that a willing teacher will spot this defect an attempt to interfere and divert the poor kids course.

As for smoking..hey..I'm non-smoker...but to each his own. But I will say this people around you have to smell it when you do smoke. And when someone does it around me..I do my best to crack the hardest fart I can...to give them something to smell!


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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 12:06 pm

Not based in Alta California (1847), now California but Aero California is based in LAP (La Paz) in the state of Baja California Sur, (South California) in the Peninsula.

Also not exactly based or work as a hub but in SJD (Los Cabos) also at Baja California Sur, I think Alaska Airlines got more flights in a day than AM and MX together.

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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 12:34 pm

Our mighty wings of the past/What Happen to them.
PSA(Pacific Southwest)/US Airways
AirCal/American
Western/Delta
Continental/Went toTexas
Pacific East/Folded
Hughes Airwest/Republic/Northwest
Jet America/Alaska
Pacific Express/Folded
Flying Tigers/FedEx
Air 21/?
Golden West/folded
Swift/Folded
Pacific?

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RE: Airlines Based In California

Sun Sep 07, 2003 1:34 pm

Our mighty wings of the past/What Happen to them.

Just a few additional thoughts on those takeovers:

PSA(Pacific Southwest)/US Airways - Southwest has taken over what once was!

AirCal/American-again WN has taken on what once was. AA does have a shuttle svc btwn LAX-SFO and svc to SJC. But certainly no AirCal. But...that's a decison at the time....that looked good.

Western/Delta - Though based in LAX, Western had an even larger operation out of SLC. And with Delta's acquisition..the ops out of SLC suck compared to what the were with Western. WA had DC-10s ops in and out all day long. The Twice daily DC-10's to JFK are now 2 757s to JFK.
Twice daily DC-10's from LAX to MIA. Gone.
DC-10 svc SLC to ANC. A 767 and 757.
DC-10 svc SFO-HNL. Gone ...begs the question... was the DL takeover better than what it replaced? Probably not...but that's business, that's hbow it goes!

Continental/Went toTexas - Their presence at LAX notably absent ..now back on the rise again. But take a look..their operation at EWR blows Houston (HQs) away! The undisputed champ outta the NYC area.

Pacific East/Folded
Hughes Airwest/Republic/Northwest - a shell of it's former self, as far as being represented in all states west of Minnesota/Michigan.

Jet America/Alaska - though at LGB, AS has improved on what was Jet America..not at LGB. But at LAX & SFO it has. LAx activity is only overshadowed by SEA.

Pacific Express/Folded

Flying Tigers/FedEx - much larger ops today than back then by far at LAX.

Air 21/?
Golden West/folded
Swift/Folded
Pacific? - I thought these guys were sucked up by PSA. No?

Go Allegiant! Who?..just kidding.

T
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Mon Sep 08, 2003 1:19 am

Air 21 closed after 12 months of service.

Swift was purchased by Golden Gate, which folded a few months after the SwiftAire merger.
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Mon Sep 08, 2003 1:32 am

Not only is Van Nuys the general aviation capital of the world- Its the porn capital too!
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Mon Sep 08, 2003 2:23 am

Dear BN747 -
xxx
My apologies about my lack of recent and updated knowledge about California, I was not aware of all that, since I have not been visiting back since 1996, except for brief overnights in LAX aiport hotels...
xxx
I voiced my opinion, based on the many Los Angeles area friends - many are crewmembers who visit me when on a layover in Buenos Aires - I basically repeated what they (erroneously) informed me about what they claim was happening in aviation in Southern California.
xxx
Based on your recommendation - all is booming there - I probably should apply for immigration back to California... but this would make me a victim of a divorce... Besides, I would be considered as a "Latino" myself, despite my Irish name, and my fair hair color and light skin...
xxx
I still maintain this - aviation in Southern California - is not what it once was, a buddy of mine (who visited me here about 2 years ago), Hal Fishman, from channel 5, a pilot himself, told me so. Maybe he is wrong...
xxx
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Mon Sep 08, 2003 10:00 am

Hi Skipper,

It's widely known that Hal is a pilot. And when Hal does his broadcast..he comes across like Jerry Dunphy on KCAL 9...a (calif.) flag waver...as in nothing can be finer. But then again..that's on tv. Perhaps he longs for the 'good ole days'--just like I wish I had the camera equipment I have now and that PAN AM, TWA, Air France 707s and Braniff DC-8s would come streaming into LAX. But it's not gonna happen...unfortunately that's what change is about.

As for the latino thing..I speak very little spanish (gringo spanish at that) But I know quite a few latino's from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras,etc..and some are 'low-classed' by their dialects and probably by their own backgrounds, but here they have a found a way to make a better life for themselves and their families. One kid worked 3 jobs to finance a bone marrow transplant for his brother back home. So the 'dissin' that goes on among latinos is common as with all levels of American society. Wealthy whites look down on poor whites, blacks diss other blacks....there's a whole lotta dissin' going on! But it seems like here as in San Francisco (where people are a FAR less superficial vs LA and Southern Calif) that people refuse to let these 'bs' barriers obstruct them from achieving their goals whatever they may be.

No need for the apology, you are very much as equally entitled to your opinion as I am mine. As much as I heard that Buenos Aires is a fantastic city and one I look forward to visiting..I do love SoCal for my own reasons. If NYC had SoCal weather..I'd be there in a flash, cuz I like the city and I think the airports there are more exciting than the what we have here. But as long as they have bone chilling weather...and LAX is almost as good (and getting better) as JFK/EWR..I'll stay planted right here!

BN747
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Mon Sep 08, 2003 11:43 am

Hello again BN747 -
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Quite familiar with SFO, actually if I had to live "downtown" in any USA city, my place would be the City by the Bay. In SoCal, Los Angeles is greatest when residing 50 miles+ from dowtown...
xxx
Funny about Spanish, which I speak fully fluently now, the Argentina accent and vocabulary is totally different from what is used by the California Latinos, it is like two different languages. Yes, Buenos Aires is an incredibly wonderful city, extremely cosmopolitan, and cultured... looks like being in Europe, Paris or Milan, besides being populated by 12 million+ people. People here are very friendly, I have never been rejected as a "Yanqui outsider"... If you ever come down here let me know so we can further disagree (over a glass of beer) of the status of aviation in California... The weather - temperatures, is about like SFO, except that we have our seasons reversed here, our springtime is coming soon... Xmas is beach barbecue season for us...
xxx
I am "on the map" for hospitality down here (deep South) and each week I do not fail to receive the visit of AA or UAL crewmembers who are in town and need a tourist guide, so join in... I live in the heart of the city, about one half a mile from the cemetery where Eva Peron ("Evita") sleeps for eternity...
xxx
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Mon Sep 08, 2003 11:56 am

others that were based in California

Pacific Express
WestAir
SunAire
Golden Gate
Royal West
 
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Tue Sep 09, 2003 7:53 am

Hey B747Skipper,

I'll have to call you out on that beer. I'll bring a windbreaker too. I do like SFO a lot (and it is IMHO the most beautiful city in America) but being a SoCal guy..that SFO weather can get a bit too breezy for my blood.

BN747
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Thu Sep 11, 2003 12:17 am

Ah yes but you guys have forgotten to mention that Polar Air Cargo is based in Long Beach, even though they do not fly into LGB, their corperate offices are in downtown LB. But the first 747-400F was delivered from BFI to LGB. See below.

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RE: Airlines Based In California

Thu Sep 11, 2003 1:14 am

Looks like you guys forgot these operators:
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(1) Total Air, which changed later in to Air America, they had a few L-1011s, operated charters, offices were in Los Angeles... 1989-1990 or so...
(2) MGM Grand Air, scheduled first class service LAX-JFK, with 3 B-727s and 3 DC-8s... Their offices at LAX as well, operated until about 1992...
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Thu Sep 11, 2003 1:19 am

wasn't World based in OAK for a long time?

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RE: Airlines Based In California

Thu Sep 11, 2003 2:08 am

Here is a list of airlines from California I came up with.

Stephen

Name Alias/Info Country Dates Type
Admiral Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1959-1962 Airline
Aero Spacelines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1961-???? Airline
Aero Union   USA.CALIFORNIA 1959- Special operations
Aerospace Travel Club   USA.CALIFORNIA 1966-1966 Travel Club
Air 21   USA.CALIFORNIA 1995-1996 Airline
Air America   USA.CALIFORNIA 1949-1950 Airline
Air America   USA.CALIFORNIA 1986-1990 Airline
Air California renamed/merged to: AirCal USA.CALIFORNIA 1966-1981 Airline
Air Charter West renamed/merged to: Trasnwest Air Express USA.CALIFORNIA 1977-1977 Airline
Air Cortez International Schlick Air Service USA.CALIFORNIA 1978-1987 Airline
Air Grand Canyon-Yosemite National Park AW/California Air Tours USA.CALIFORNIA 1972-1995 Airline
Air Nevada   USA.CALIFORNIA 1964-1969 Airline
Air North America ANA USA.CALIFORNIA 1982-1991 Airline
Air Oasis   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Air Pacific Eureka Aero Industries USA.CALIFORNIA 1979-1980 Airline
Air Rajneesh Rajneesh Investment Corp USA.CALIFORNIA 1984-1985 Airline
Air Resorts Airlines Flight Trails USA.CALIFORNIA 1975-1991 Airline
Air Safaris   USA.CALIFORNIA 1985-1996 Airline
Air San Jose   USA.CALIFORNIA 1970-1970 Airline
Air Tours renamed/merged to: Pacific National Airways USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1980 Airline
Air Traders International   USA.CALIFORNIA 1980-1980 Airline
Air Train   USA.CALIFORNIA 1983-1989 Airline
Air Travelers Club   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Travel Club
Air United States Air US renamed/merged to: Air North America USA.CALIFORNIA 1980-1982 Airline
AirCal   USA.CALIFORNIA 1981-1987 Airline
Airplane Charter by Mercer renamed/merged to: Mercer Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1955 Airline
Allegiant Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1998- Airline
Americana Travel Club Club Americana USA.CALIFORNIA 1975-1978 Travel Club
Angwin Aviation renamed/merged to: Luft Air USA.CALIFORNIA 1988-1991 Airline
Arrow Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1947-1951 Airline
Ascend Air KCP Leasing & Services USA.CALIFORNIA 2003- Airline
Avalon Air Transport renamed/merged to: Catalina Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1953-1963 Airline
Bay Aviation Services   USA.CALIFORNIA 1977-1977 Airline
Bixby Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1948-1948 Airline
Blatz Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1948-1962 Airline
Burlington Air Express renamed/merged to: BAX Global USA.CALIFORNIA 1986-1997 Airline
Cal Aero Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1969-1969 Airline
Cal Sierra Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1981-1981 Airline
Cal-Coast   USA.CALIFORNIA 1981-1981 Airline
Cal-Neva Air   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
California Air Freight   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
California Atlantic Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
California Central Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1980-1980 Airline
California Central Airlines CCA renamed/merged to: California Hawaiian Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1948-1955 Airline
California Growers Air Express   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
California Hawaiian Airlines Airline Transport Carriers USA.CALIFORNIA 1949-1962 Airline
California Internationale   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
California National Air Services   USA.CALIFORNIA 1976-1982 Special operations
California Overseas Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
California Sierra Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1969-1969 Airline
California Time Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1963-1963 Airline
Catalina Airlines renamed/merged to: Catalina Flying Boats USA.CALIFORNIA 1963-1989 Airline
Catalina Flying Boats   USA.CALIFORNIA 1989- Airline
Catalina Pacific Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1956-1960 Airline
Century Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Classic Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1983-1984 Airline
Connectair Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1984-1984 Airline
Consolidated Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1949-1963 Airline
Continental Sky-Van   USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1946 Airline
Continental West   USA.CALIFORNIA 1985-1986 Airline
Coones Flying Service   USA.CALIFORNIA 1975-1979 Airline
Coronado Flying Air Travel Club Coronado Flyers USA.CALIFORNIA 1975-1981 Travel Club
Currey Air Transport renamed/merged to: Great Lakes Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Dellair   USA.CALIFORNIA 1964-1964 Airline
Dollar Airlines renamed/merged to: South pacific Air Lines USA.CALIFORNIA 1953-1955 Airline
Eagle Air Freight   USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1948 Airline
Emery Air Freight renamed/merged to: Emery Worldwide Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1980 Airline
Executive Party Club   USA.CALIFORNIA 1970-1972 Travel Club
Far West Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1984-1984 Airline
Fiesta-Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1971-1973 Airline
First Air renamed/merged to: Regent Air USA.CALIFORNIA 1982-1983 Airline
Flying Tiger Air Services   USA.CALIFORNIA 1966-1967 Airline
Flying Tiger Line FTL renamed/merged to: Flying Tigers USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-???? Airline
Flying Tigers   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1989 Airline
Freelandia Travel Club   USA.CALIFORNIA 1973-1974 Travel Club
Futura Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1962-1962 Airline
Gem State Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1980 Airline
Golden Gate Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1980-1981 Airline
Golden Gate Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1961 Airline
Golden Pacific Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1972-1975 Airline
Golden State Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1972-1980 Airline
Golden West Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1969-1983 Airline
Great Lakes Airlines Nevada Aero Trades USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1962 Airline
Havenstrite Aircraft   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Mineral County Airlines renamed/merged to: Air Nevada USA.CALIFORNIA 1963-1969 Airline
Hemet Valley Flying Service Venable Aircraft USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1997 Special operations
Holiday Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1975 Airline
Inland Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Inland Empire Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1982 Airline
Intercontinental Airways Service Airways USA.CALIFORNIA 1948-???? Airline
International Airports   USA.CALIFORNIA 1966-1971 Airline
International Parcel Express   USA.CALIFORNIA 1986-1988 Airline
Jet America Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1981-1987 Airline
Jimsair Aviation Services   USA.CALIFORNIA 1950-1990 Airline
Lake Havasu City McCulloch Properties renamed/merged to: McCulloch International Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1964-1971 Airline
Lake Los Angeles   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Los Angeles Air Service LAAS renamed/merged to: Trans International Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1948-1960 Airline
Luft Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1991-1999 Airline
Macavia International   USA.CALIFORNIA 1984-1992 Airline
Magic Carpet Air Travel Club renamed/merged to: Traventure Air Travel Club USA.CALIFORNIA 1974-???? Travel Club
McCulloch International Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1971-1979 Airline
Mercer Airlines renamed/merged to: Pacific American USA.CALIFORNIA 1955-1976 Airline
Mercy Airlift World Gospel Crusades USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1983 Airline
MGM Grand Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1987-1994 Airline
Midair   USA.CALIFORNIA 1973-1973 Airline
National Air Cargo   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
National Aircraft Leasing NAL renamed/merged to: Tiger Air USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
NATS Air Transportation Service   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1946 Airline
Otis Spunkmeyer Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1990-1999 Airline
Outsize Air Cargo Clark Aircraft USA.CALIFORNIA 1983-1989 Airline
Pacific Aero   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-1980 Airline
Pacific Air Cargo   USA.CALIFORNIA 1970-1972 Airline
Pacific Air Lines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1958-1968 Airline
Pacific Air Transport   USA.CALIFORNIA 1968-1970 Airline
Pacific Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1975-1976 Airline
Pacific American   USA.CALIFORNIA 1976-1979 Airline
Pacific Arrow renamed/merged to: Pacific Aero USA.CALIFORNIA 1977-???? Airline
Pacific Coast Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1972-1973 Airline
Pacific Coast Airlines PCA renamed/merged to: Pacific Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1973-1975 Airline
Pacific East Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1982-1984 Airline
Pacific National Air Express   USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1947 Airline
Pacific National Airways PNA USA.CALIFORNIA 1980-1981 Airline
Pacific Orient Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1982-1982 Airline
Pacific Overseas Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1945-???? Airline
Pacific Seabord Airlines renamed/merged to: Chicago & Southern Air Lines USA.CALIFORNIA 1933-1934 Airline
Parachute Air Cargo   USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1946 Airline
Paradise Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1962-1964 Airline
Paramount Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1960-1962 Airline
Patriot Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1992-1995 Airline
Paul Mantz Air Service renamed/merged to: Paramount Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1959-1960 Airline
Presidential Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1993-1996 Airline
Pro-Air Professional Air Charter USA.CALIFORNIA 1978-1980 Airline
PSA Pacific Southwest Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1949-1988 Airline
PSA Pacific Southwest Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1996-1997 Airline
Quaker City Airways renamed/merged to: Admiral Airways USA.CALIFORNIA 1948-1959 Airline
Race Aviation Rent Aviation Cost Efficient USA.CALIFORNIA 1985-1991 Airline
Regent Air   USA.CALIFORNIA 1983-1984 Airline
Renown Aviation JBQ Aviation USA.CALIFORNIA 1980-2000 Airline
Resort Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1945-1960 Airline
Resorts Commuter Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1984-1989 Airline
Royal Air Services   USA.CALIFORNIA 1948-1948 Airline
Saturn Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1960-1976 Airline
Sentimental Journeys renamed/merged to: Otis Spunkmeyer Air USA.CALIFORNIA 1987-1990 Airline
Skyservice USA   USA.CALIFORNIA 1997- Airline
Slick Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1945-1966 Airline
South Pacific Air Lines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1955-1963 Airline
South Pacific Airlines renamed/merged to: Dollar Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1952-1953 Airline
Southern Cross Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1987-1988 Airline
Southwest Airways renamed/merged to: Pacific Air Lines USA.CALIFORNIA 1941-1958 Airline
Spirit of America Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1985-1989 Airline
Sports Aloft   USA.CALIFORNIA 1962-1962 Airline
Standard Air Cargo   USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-???? Airline
Standard Air Lines Trans National Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1948-1950 Airline
Standard Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1966-1969 Airline
Sterling One   USA.CALIFORNIA 1995-1996 Airline
Stewart Air Service   USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1971 Airline
Sun Pacific Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1980-1980 Airline
Supair SSW Inc USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Swift Air Lines Swift Aire USA.CALIFORNIA 1977-1981 Airline
TBM   USA.CALIFORNIA 1957- Special operations
Time Aviation Services   USA.CALIFORNIA 1977-???? Airline
Trans American Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Trans California Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1962-1964 Airline
Trans Continental Airlines renamed/merged to: Currey Air Transport USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-???? Airline
Trans Global Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA ????-???? Airline
Trans International Airlines TIA renamed/merged to: Transamerica Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1960-1979 Airline
Trans National Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1976-1977 Airline
Trans Ocean Airways   USA.CALIFORNIA 1985-???? Airline
Trans Sierra Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1960-1961 Airline
Transcontinental Air Express   USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1946 Airline
Transocean Air Lines TALOA USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1960 Airline
Transocean Air Lines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1977-1977 Airline
Transwest Air Express   USA.CALIFORNIA 1977-1981 Airline
Traventure Air Travel Club   USA.CALIFORNIA 1972-???? Travel Club
Twentieth Century Airlines 20th Century Airlines USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1963 Airline
Union Flights   USA.CALIFORNIA 1957- Airline
Vanpac Carriers   USA.CALIFORNIA 1972-1982 Airline
Viking Airlines Oxnard Air Freight USA.CALIFORNIA 1946-1951 Airline
Westair Commuter Airlines/United Express Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1972-1998 Airline
Western Aircraft Salvage renamed/merged to: Renown Aviation USA.CALIFORNIA 1974-1980 Airline
Western Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1941-1987 Airline
Wings West Airlines/American Eagle   USA.CALIFORNIA 1979-1998 Airline
World Wide Airlines   USA.CALIFORNIA 1956-1962 Airline
Zoom Zoom Air renamed/merged to: Air Charter West USA.CALIFORNIA 1973-1977 Airline
 
dash8tech
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Thu Sep 11, 2003 3:19 am

Gee, did you miss any?!?  Wink/being sarcastic
 
FATFlyer
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Thu Sep 11, 2003 6:00 am

Nice list Stephen. I'll have to check my list at home later tonite to see who you had that I don't.

Off the top of my head I see you are missing:
Golden Carriage Aire - Based in Paso Robles with flights serving LAX, SFO, SBP, Paso Robles, and Salinas. Only operated a year around 1978 to 1980.

Apollo Airways - Based out of Santa Barbara in the mid-70s to early 80s. Best remembered for supplying the aircraft that James Bond is tossed out of in the opening minutes of "Moonraker".

Desert Pacific Flew out of Oxnard.

Yosemite Airlines served the Gold Rush country and Yosemite.

Sun Aire out of PSP, purchased by Skywest.

What about Imperial Airlines? I also remember a Eureka Aero; Valley; STOL Air; and a Mammoth Air

Also, FYI - Gem State originally was based in Idaho. The company was completely moved to Monterey, then was renamed as the 2nd version of Golden Gate. They purchased several others including Swift before closing.
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SunValley
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Thu Sep 11, 2003 7:51 am

wasn't "The Hawaii Express" headquartered in LA? I remember they called themselves "the big pineapple".
 
PSA53
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Fri Sep 12, 2003 4:54 am

According to LGBPhoto's list, PSA(Pacific Southwest Airlines) attempted
a startup in 1996 to 1997. Anyone know the story on this one? Did it
get off the ground? Couldn't get enough capital? I know there was a lot
of talk at that time that someone was trying to raise cash.

Thanks
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FATFlyer
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RE: Airlines Based In California

Fri Sep 12, 2003 11:11 am

The 1996 version was an attempt by an investment banker in San Diego. He had discovered what he believed was a legal hole in the control of the name. Something about how USAir had kept or not kept the marks up to date. So he attempted to use it to start an airline.

He tried several different ways to get the company up and flying. But remember this was just after the ValuJet crash. Startup airlines were not high on the list for investors or the government.

One way that was tried was an attempted purchase of the by-then-struggling Air 21. Air 21 was running out of cash so an agreement was quickly negotiated. However, no money ever appeared to close the deal (I don't know why) and Air 21 ended operations within a few weeks.

PSA later was being called PSA INC and tried to become an entertainment and travel holding company using the name PSAZZ. I understand there was purchases of some tour companies in Europe. However I haven't heard anything about them in 2 or 3 years.



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain