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Reno/Tahoe announces new airline to serve four cities

Staff and wire reports

Reno-Tahoe International Airport announced a new airline on Monday, ExpressJet, that will feature non-stop daily service to Spokane, Ontario, Tucson and Long Beach beginning Nov. 11.

ExpressJet will fly twice daily to Long Beach, Calif., and once daily to Ontario, Calif., Tucson, Ariz., and Spokane, Wash.

With the addition of ExpressJet, Reno-Tahoe International now offers 182 daily flights to 23 cities.

“Ontario was previously the largest unserved market at Reno-Tahoe,” said Krys T. Bart, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority executive director.

ExpressJet features onboard luxuries such as leather seats, valet carry-on baggage service and free XM Satellite Radio. All flights will be operated by a 50-passenger Embraer 145 Regional Jet.

“Today, we are not only adding flights, we are adding quality,” Bart said. “This new airline is great news for the region. ExpressJet is a new community partner who will hire local people to work their gates, the ramp and ticket counter.”

Ski industry officials see it as a win-win.

“The addition of ExpressJet gives us new nonstop service to and from four great markets just in time for the start of ski season,” said John Wagnon, chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and vice president of sales and marketing for Heavenly Mountain Resort. “This is terrific news for our region.”

Jim Ream, ExpressJet president and chief executive officer, said Reno-Tahoe is the right-sized market for airline’s fleet of 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft.

“We can provide value by saving our Reno-Tahoe customers time and making their travel more convenient,” Ream said.

The company said it expects to hire 10 to 15 employees in Reno.

ExpressJet is a Houston-based regional airline that recently operated as Continental Express.

For more information on flight schedules and ticket sales, visit http://www.expressjet.com.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report


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