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High Class From Takeoff to Landing

By Bettina McBee | Photo by Manny Espinoza

Imagine departing from Monterey to your destination in a privately chartered jet. No overwhelming worries shrouding your flight due to COVID-19’s rules and regulations. Impeccable customer service, luxurious cabins, and highly trained pilots navigating. You’re propelled in a customized jet, secure in the knowledge that your safety is the ultimate priority.

Founded in 2014, Monterey Pacific International Jet (MPI Jet) in Monterey is the first locally owned private jet service. Steve McIntyre, owner of McIntyre Vineyards, regularly used charter services for business before becoming president of MPI Jet.

When two local charter services, Watsonville Executive Charter and Jet West, were for sale at the same time, McIntyre seized the opportunity, purchasing both, including the charter certificate from Jet West. McIntyre’s son Matt has a B.S in Aeronautical Management and Technology from Arizona State University (ASU) and is chief pilot, a vital partner. James “Jeb” Garamendi, now director of operations, facilitated the transaction with Jet West and joined the partnership, adding his 20 years of expertise.

MPI Jet’s air fleet grew, as did the flight crew. Shane Smit, director of marketing and sales, works as ground support, broadening the visibility of the company’s mission of professionalism, transparency, and flexibility.

MPI Jet customers are guaranteed to be flown by pilots with the best training and in a fleet of the best quality, ensuring safety and optimal operation. Private aircraft owners, such as Baseball Hall of Fame’s Reggie Jackson, can include their planes on the company’s certificate for management and maintenance. Fueled by a global network of partners, the team at MPI Jet is able to place clients in any size aircraft they require at their desired time and location. This also allows MPI Jet to provide its clients, regardless of where they are in the world, 24-hour logistical support for their travel needs.

“Our team goes the extra mile to guarantee a memorable experience for our customers,” McIntyre says. “MPI Jet offers safety, security, and the highest level of customer service.” Interested in a VIP wine flight or an elite golf package? Wish to explore South Africa? Or Indonesia? MPI Jet can get you there.

Book your flight at or by calling 831-678-5225.


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