Pacific Express

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For the Erie Railroad train, see Atlantic Express and Pacific Express.
Pacific Express BAC 111-201AC One-Eleven Silagi-1.jpg
Pacific Express BAC One-Eleven in 1982
IATA ICAO Callsign
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Commenced operations 1982
Ceased operations 1984
Fleet size See Fleet below
Destinations See Destinations below
Headquarters Chico, California, United States

Pacific Express was an all-jet airline that existed from about 1982 to 1984 and was based in Chico, California.[2] The airline later marketed itself as Pan Am Pacific Express [3] thus reflecting a marketing agreement between Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the carrier for connecting passenger traffic feed at the Los Angeles and San Francisco airports.[4] At one point, Pacific Express served 22 destinations in the western United States. It was a subsidiary of WestAir Jet Inc.[5]

Pacific Express initially operated a fleet of seven British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven twinjets.[5] The airline then began operating Boeing 737-200 aircraft as well. Pacific Express had six new British Aerospace BAe 146-200 jetliners on order from the manufacturer[5] but never took delivery of these aircraft due to financial challenges which resulted in the airline ceasing all operations. Some of these BAe 146 jets were then purchased by Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA).

The name Pacific Express is now used as the callsign of Jetstar Pacific Airlines, the second largest airline in Vietnam.


Destination information is taken from the Pacific Express system timetable dated December 1, 1983. [6]


Ordered but not delivered or operated by Pacific Express:


  1. ^ Official Airline Guide (OAG)
  2. ^ "Pacific Express". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^, Feb. 1, 1984 Pacific Express timetable, "Pan Am Pacific Express"
  4. ^ "Pacific Poster - poster". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ a b c Endres, Gunter G (1982). World Airline Fleets 1983. Feltham: The Aviation Data Centre. p. 328. ISBN 0946141029. 
  6. ^ "Pacific Express Timetable Image Gallery". 2002-04-26. Retrieved 2013-10-17.