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September 19, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, the Catalina Jet was christened the biggest, fastest, smoothest and most luxurious of Santa Catalina's passenger vessels, making the crossing from Long Beach to the island in 45 minutes compared with the usual 2 1/2 hours. But on Monday its owners, Catalina Cruises, said ongoing mechanical problems forced it to mothball the $8-million, 450-passenger craft, and cease service to the city of Avalon. The foundering company also announced that it was laying off employees.
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September 19, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, the Catalina Jet was christened the biggest, fastest, smoothest and most luxurious of Santa Catalina's passenger vessels, making the crossing from Long Beach to the island in 45 minutes compared with the usual 2 1/2 hours. But on Monday its owners, Catalina Cruises, said ongoing mechanical problems forced it to mothball the $8-million, 450-passenger craft, and cease service to the city of Avalon. The foundering company also announced that it was laying off employees.
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December 5, 1985 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators have concluded that a private jet that overshot the runway at Santa Catalina Island's mountaintop Airport-in-the-Sky nearly two years ago and crashed off a 90-foot bluff, killing all six people aboard, should never have attempted the landing because the runway is too short. The National Transportation Safety Board also found that the six victims might have survived if the private airport had personnel trained to handle such emergencies.
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December 5, 1985 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators have concluded that a private jet that overshot the runway at Santa Catalina Island's mountaintop Airport-in-the-Sky nearly two years ago and crashed off a 90-foot bluff, killing all six people aboard, should never have attempted the landing because the runway is too short. The National Transportation Safety Board also found that the six victims might have survived if the private airport had personnel trained to handle such emergencies.
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May 30, 1999
The mainland to Santa Catalina Island by boat in less than an hour? It's now possible. This weekend, Catalina Cruises was scheduled to debut the Catalina Jet, a 450-passenger, 36-knot catamaran that can make the trip from Long Beach in about 55 minutes. Round trips cost $35, versus $25 for the line's other boats, which take one hour, 50 minutes to make the trip. Reservations: tel. (800) CATALINA.
TRAVEL
September 24, 2000
Catalina Cruises, which has served Catalina Island for 27 years, abruptly stopped service to Avalon last week. It was continuing to run whale-watching cruises and charters and to serve campgrounds elsewhere on the island. Three other companies still provide service to Avalon. Catalina Cruises President Bruce Voss said the company had trouble filling the 450 seats on its year-old, high-speed Catalina Jet catamaran--the biggest serving the island--in the off-season.
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April 29, 2007 | Chris Erskine, Times Staff Writer
NEARLY a million people cross San Pedro Channel to Santa Catalina Island each year, most aboard one of the sleek computer-assisted catamarans that skip atop the water like ice skates over a frozen pond. Indeed, most morning rides wouldn't put more than a light chop on your celebratory Bloody Mary. But more adventurous options for getting to Catalina abound, from paddleboards (pass) to vintage sailing ships (really?).
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