One month in: aha! Complete the first round of expansion

In October, the United States received their new airline – aha! Becoming ExpressJet’s next company, following the end of its tenure as a regional airline for United Airlines, the carrier opened eight new destinations in one month. He continues to plan other destinations in the western United States.

aha! celebrated a month of operation. Photo: ah!

aha! celebrate a month

On October 24, the first flights of aha! were operated from Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). The carrier’s first service was to Pasco / Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) in Washington. This was followed in quick succession by seven more destinations over the next two weeks.

In a month, aha! has already passed 100 flights with an eye on underserved nonstop connectivity from Reno. The carrier has so far inaugurated flights to its eight original destinations:

  1. Pasco / Tri-Cities (PSC) Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  2. Bakersfield (BFL) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  3. Medford (MFR) Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  4. Eugene (EUG) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  5. Ontario (ONT) Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  6. Redmond (RDM) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  7. Eureka / Arcata (ACV) Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  8. Fresno (FAT) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

CEO Subodh Karnik offered the following on the occasion of this milestone:

“I want to congratulate the hard-working ExpressJet team and our partners in each community who worked tirelessly to make the launch a success. These first cities and flights are just the start of our plan to connect the western United States with all of the activities and attractions that the Reno Tahoe area has to offer.

One month in: aha!  Complete the first round of expansion
aha! will serve ten destinations by January 2022. Photo: aha!

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More growth on the horizon

aha! intends to fly to over 20 cities over the next few months from Reno. Two other destinations will soon be online. Non-stop service will begin to Spokane International Airport (GEG) with service three times a week. Then, on January 3, 2022, Reno will be connected to the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) three times a week.

aha! will be at least halfway through January. The airline has so far targeted an underserved nonstop service. Reno is a secondary city in the United States that does not have a lot of non-stop point-to-point service. Growth opportunities exist throughout the western United States.

So haha! decides to target certain roads east of Reno, there are plenty of opportunities. This includes large metropolitan areas like Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Phoenix and some smaller destinations like Tucson, Boise, etc. Based on the airline’s current timetables, connections are not high on the priority list.

One month in: aha!  Complete the first round of expansion
ExpressJet has a long history with the Embraer ERJ145, but launching a new airline with a different model is never an easy task. Photo: ExpressJet

the model of aha!

aha! means “air, hotel, adventure”. It plans to start offering bundled vacation packages in partnership with resorts, casinos and attractions in the Reno area. Until then, it mainly targets pure air travelers who have made their own plans in the Reno area.

While there is demand between the destinations aha! serves as Reno, it will still have to do some stimulation in demand. While its 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 isn’t much in terms of capacity, it costs more than other planes, putting a lot of financial pressure on the airline, although so far it seems have a lot of confidence in this model. . Going forward, these packages will be an integral part of helping support the bottom line of aha! and fill its planes.

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