Santa Barbara Airbus Celebrates 29th Birthday With a New Coach

Posted On: 04/04/2012

Santa Barbara, California – Eric Onnen, CEO and co-founder of Santa Barbara AIRBUS has announced that the company celebrated its 29th birthday on April 4, 2012, with the arrival of a brand new 2012 MCI J4500 Motor Coach.

Onnen stated, "This 56-passenger coach has all the latest and greatest amenities including free Wi-Fi, AC power outlets at every seat, Bosch sound system and four 10.4" LCD wide-screen monitors, all to enhance our customer satisfaction; as well as quieter, fuel-saving 2010 EPA compliant engine technology and electronic stability control for an even smoother, cleaner ride. Our passengers and drivers are already thrilled with this vehicle. It's a great birthday present!"

On April 4, 1983, Eric and his wife Kelly Onnen along with their partner Mark Klopstein inaugurated their transportation service from Santa Barbara County to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The company began with two, 10-passenger vans running 5 trips to/from SB/LAX from Monday-Saturday. Twenty-nine years later in 2012, Santa Barbara AIRBUS has a fleet of 19 deluxe motor coaches and 4 mini-coaches seating 21-to-25-passengers; and "The Black Pearl Limo Bus". Services not only include 16 daily trips to/from SB/LAX; but also offers private Charter Bus Service, public Day Trips and Multi-Day Adventures.

Santa Barbara AIRBUS started in the spare room of the Eric and Kelly's Santa Barbara area condominium and after several moves for expansion, is now located at 750 Technology Driver in Goleta. The always locally owned and operated business employs approximately 60 people; completes over 1.2 million miles annually; and now leases more than 53,000 square feet of fenced parking area, a 5,000 square foot office building and a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art maintenance facility. (pictured left, hi-rez JPG available, please request)

Onnen remarked, "It's been a wonderful ride for the last 29 years, starting from scratch and seeing our dream become reality. With today's high fuel costs, traffic congestion and the public's continued desire for comfort and safety, we believe Santa Barbara AIRBUS will continue to thrive and provide needed and desired services. We're saving a seat for you!"

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