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RENO, Nev., October 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- aha!, powered by veteran ExpressJet Airlines, today inaugurated nonstop service to Pasco/Tri-Cities, Wash. This is the first of eight nonstop aha! flights to smaller western U.S. cities from aha!’s hub and home base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

aha! launches Reno-Tahoe to Bakersfield, Calif. on October 25. Other nonstop flights, from Reno-Tahoe, follow in quick succession:

  • Pasco/Tri-Cities, Wash.        24-Oct-21
  • Bakersfield, Calif.                  25-Oct-21
  • Medford/Ashland, Ore.         31-Oct-21
  • Eugene/Springfield, Ore.        1-Nov-21
  • Ontario, Calif.                          4-Nov-21
  • Redmond/Bend, Ore.              5-Nov-21
  • Eureka/Arcata, Calif.               9-Nov-21
  • Fresno/Yosemite, Calif.        10-Nov-21

“For Pasco, and the seven other communities, the new nonstop aha! flights to Reno-Tahoe eliminate the hassle of a long drive or multiple airport connections and layovers. Residents can now take a one-to-two-hour nonstop flight and partake of Reno and Tahoe’s bounty, or conduct business, without wasting a whole travel day. Perfect for short spontaneous trips!” said Subodh Karnik, CEO of aha! parent ExpressJet.

aha! will serve each community three times a week with 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 regional jets. In the coming months, aha! plans to reach 20 western U.S. cities from Reno-Tahoe.

aha! is offering an introductory, limited-time launch fare of $49 each way* until November 15th. Flights can be booked at or via the aha! contact center at 775-439-0888.



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ATLANTA, October 4, 2021 -- In preparation for ExpressJet’s reboot as a scheduled service airline, the company has reached agreements with both the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) representing its Flight Attendants and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) representing its Dispatchers. 

ExpressJet recently announced its reboot with the launch of aha!, its “air-hotel-adventure” leisure brand. aha! will begin flying from its home base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on October 24, 2021 to eight cities across the western United States. The agreements with the IAM and TWU will provide temporary flexibility to ExpressJet as it finalizes the restart of operations with different systems, a different business operations model and a different footprint. The agreements are designed to maintain the compensation and benefits in the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“We appreciate the willingness of all of our unions in helping ExpressJet restart operations,” said Darrin Greubel, Managing Director of Operations. “With agreements completed with the IAM and TWU membership, we look forward to concluding our contract with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) shortly.”   

ExpressJet’s restart will enable it to recall from the 2,700 employees who were furloughed after the termination of its flights on behalf of United Express – at the end of September 2020.

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1st Charter ext. 1

ExpressJet Airlines began its first commercial flying mission on Sept. 30, 2021 – exactly one year to the day since its last flight as a United Express carrier for United Airlines.

The successful mission was a sports team charter between Tallahassee, Fla. and Anderson S.C.ExpressJet anticipates serving a variety of charter customers with its popular ERJ145 jets and continuing its legacy as the pre-eminent regional-jet charter provider in America.

ExpressJet’s charter mission came one day after the company announced the launch of aha!, its “air-hotel-adventure” leisure brand. Combining value-priced fares and nonstop flights, aha! will begin flying from its home base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on October 24, 2021 to eight cities across the western United States.

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aha! will expand to 20+ cities in coming months

RENO, Nev., September 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ExpressJet Airlines announced its reboot with the launch of aha!, its “air-hotel-adventure” leisure brand. Combining value-priced fares and nonstop flights, aha! will begin flying from its home base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on October 24, 2021 to eight cities across the western United States.

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Nonstop Flights Coming to Underserved Communities

aha! has chosen cities that do not currently have nonstop service to Reno-Tahoe, giving travelers access to convenient one-to-two hour nonstop flights to a world-renowned destination offering casino resorts, unique dining and outdoor adventure. The nonstop flight eliminates the need for time consuming connections at crowded hubs or long drives giving travelers more time for adventure and less time traveling making short, spontaneous vacations possible.

Flights from Reno-Tahoe:

  • Pasco/Tri-Cities, Wash.                              24-Oct-21
  • Bakersfield, Calif.                                        25-Oct-21
  • Medford/Ashland, Ore.                             31-Oct-21
  • Eugene/Springfield, Ore.                           1-Nov-21
  • Ontario, Calif.                                               4-Nov-21
  • Redmond/Bend, Ore.                                 5-Nov-21
  • Eureka/Arcata, Calif.                                  9-Nov-21
  • Fresno/Yosemite, Calif.                              10-Nov-21

aha! will serve each community three times a week with 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 regional jets. In the coming months, aha! plans to reach more than 20 destinations, from Reno-Tahoe, in the western United States.

New aha! Brand Offers Travelers More Leisure Options

aha! is the “air-hotel-adventure” leisure brand of ExpressJet Airlines, designed for travelers to enjoy Reno-Tahoe’s regional bounty—including exciting casino resorts and live entertainment, a diverse art and dining scene, and the world-class ski-golf-outdoor activities around Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake. Thrill seekers can also take in exciting shows and annual events including Burning Man, Hot August Nights, Reno Rodeo, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Barracuda Championship PGA TOUR event, National Championship Air Races, Great Reno Balloon Races, Lake Tahoe Snowfest, and more.

“We are excited to announce aha! and its innovative new air service at RNO,” said Shaun Carey, Chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. “They are connecting Northern Nevada to new markets from across the west that will bring new visitors to our spectacular region.”

“The Reno-Tahoe region offers travelers a wide range of fun and unique experiences,” said Head of ExpressJet’s aha! business unit Tim Sieber. “With the time savings of nonstop flights and packages with great deals at a curated collection of the best hotels and gaming resorts in the region coming soon, we’re giving travelers everything they need to customize their own great, short vacation.”

aha! is powered by ExpressJet Airlines, which has operated reliable air services to hundreds of smaller cities in the United States for 35 years. 

“As ExpressJet began developing post-COVID flying opportunities that fit our history of serving smaller communities with regional aircraft, we realized that the old adage of ‘getting there is half the fun’ has become ‘just getting there burns up half the vacation’,” said ExpressJet’s CEO Subodh Karnik. “With so many under-served communities and the allure of Reno-Tahoe, the aha! brand model practically leapt at us.”

Travelers Can Take Advantage of Introductory Cost-Saving Fares

aha! is launching with an introductory, limited-time launch fare of $49 each way* into all communities. Coming soon, aha! will offer value-priced vacation packages that will offer travelers great savings on short two to five-night vacation getaways.

Flights are currently available for sale at and through the aha! Call Center at


About aha!

aha! is a leisure brand of ExpressJet Airlines. aha! seeks to provide travelers in smaller communities, many who have seen air service reduced over the past decade through airline mergers, with convenient, short, nonstop flights to high-quality destinations like the Reno-Lake Tahoe region. In addition to offering value-priced, nonstop flights, aha! will soon partner with resorts, casinos and attractions to “bundle” value-priced vacation packages.

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About ExpressJet Airlines

ExpressJet Airlines is the union of Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Continental Express and operates Embraer ERJ145 regional jet aircraft. Over its 35-year history, ExpressJet has flown most Embraer, Bombardier, and ATR aircraft from cities across the continental United States into airports in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. ExpressJet is majority owned by KAir Enterprises with United Airlines holding a minority interest. 

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Introductory Fare Sale

*Introductory, limited time airfare prices are one-way and include taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Must be purchased at least 21 days ahead of travel and by November 15, 2021.  Other sale fares may be available for travel dates closer to the date of purchase.  Some travel dates may have very limited seat availability or subject to blackout. Note that additional fees apply for cancelations and changes, call center bookings, baggage, etc.  Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. Not valid on previously purchased itineraries.  See for full details of fare, restrictions, and charges



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ATLANTA, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire/ -- ExpressJet Airlines welcomes Josh McLaurin as Acting General Counsel. McLaurin will be based at ExpressJet’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta. 

McLaurin joins ExpressJet from Atlanta boutique law firm Krevolin & Horst, where he handled multi-million-dollar business disputes as a trial lawyer in state and federal courts. He is a Yale Law graduate and former federal law clerk who also serves as State Representative for Georgia House District 51.

McLaurin’s arrival is part of ExpressJet’s ramp up of scheduled service operations in the coming weeks. “We are pleased to add Josh to our fast growing team,” said ExpressJet CEO Subodh Karnik. “Josh’s experience representing small businesses in litigation will be valuable as we work to initiate ExpressJet’s reboot.”

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On August 24th, ExpressJet reached a major milestone by successfully demonstrating a flight under Part 121 for the FAA.
After a few administrative items are completed, ExpressJet will receive full FAA approval to conduct revenue operations under its 121 certificate.

With the DOT issuing its final Fitness Order on July 31, ExpressJet is well on its way to initiating flying as an independent carrier!



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ExpressJet Media Statement
UAL Flying End Sept. 30, 2020

On July 30, United Airlines (UA) selected CommutAir as its sole ERJ145 operator, and asked ExpressJet Airlines to wind-down flying for UA by year end. After spending considerable time planning this wind-down, ExpressJet and United’s management teams decided that due to uncertain schedules from October to December, it would be best to accelerate the termination of all ExpressJet scheduled service flying, on behalf of United Express, on September 30, 2020.

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ATLANTA, March 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ExpressJet Airlines announced that a new four year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) went into effect on March 9, 2020, covering the airline’s Flight Attendants represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. The new agreement, implemented following the conclusion of an arbitration proceeding, includes wage increases for the Flight Attendants and combines two previously separate work groups into one seniority list and contract.

“I am glad to see this effort come to a successful conclusion – with one single Flight Attendant workgroup and an industry-leading contract,” said Vice President of Inflight Services and Airport Operations Brandee Reynolds. “We can now turn our attention to growth and to becoming the world’s largest Embraer ERJ145 airline”.

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ATLANTA, February 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, announced today it will add 36 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft to its United Express fleet, which will make ExpressJet the world’s largest operator of the 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 aircraft.  The parties are working towards a long term extension of the ExpressJet Capacity Purchase Agreement.

The agreement will include:

  • The addition of 36 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft over the next 12 months, totaling more than 125 ERJ145s in the fleet.
  • A multi-year extension of the company’s Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines.
  • A significant investment in a complete interior refresh of the ERJ145 aircraft comprising new panels, new seats and LED lighting.

“We have made the long-term commitment to the Embraer ERJ145 and designed the comprehensive cabin and seat upgrade to deliver a contemporary customer experience,” said Sarah Murphy, Senior Vice President of United Express. “We’re confident that our partners at ExpressJet can execute that vision.”

“United’s trust in ExpressJet is a testament to the dedication and adaptability of ExpressJet’s employees,” said Subodh Karnik, Chairman and CEO of ExpressJet Airlines. “Growing our fleet and upgrading the ERJ145s embodies our vision: ‘To be the United Express carrier that best understands and fulfills the needs of United Airlines.’”

As part of the long-term commitment to the Embraer ERJ145 and growth of the fleet, ExpressJet will announce additions to its crew bases and facilities at United hubs, including Denver, in the coming weeks. As part of the agreement, ExpressJet will also phase out their small fleet of E175 aircraft to speed-up growth and become an efficient single-fleet airline.

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ATLANTA, February 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, announced today it is increasing its pilot bonus program to offer up to $40,000 for qualified pilot captains upon completion of training with ExpressJet.

The program will include a $22,500 sign-on bonus and an additional $17,500 for all captain-qualified pilots joining the company – whether they have a type rating or not.

“ExpressJet continues to experience massive growth and is looking for pilots that can step into the left seat now,” said Scott Hall, Vice President of Flight Operations. “Adding new, qualified pilot captains will be essential to our exciting progress this year.’”

ExpressJet also offers a sign-on bonus and additional ratings bonuses for all pilots. Interested pilots can find out more at:

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