ExpressJet Airlines has started ticket sales from Santa Barbara Airport
for non- stop service to Sacramento, and San Diego.“We’re pleased to welcome ExpressJet, one of the nation’s largest
regional airlines, and a two-time Fortune Magazine Most Admired Airline, to
Santa Barbara,” said Karen Ramsdell, Airport Director.
Jim Ream, ExpressJet President and CEO, said Santa Barbara is the
right- sized market for ExpressJet’s fleet of 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft.
“We can provide value by saving our Santa Barbara customers time and making
their travel more convenient,” Ream said. “Now, our customers will be able
to relax on a non-stop flight, in a comfortable leather seat with more than
100 channels of free XM(R) Satellite Radio.”
ExpressJet aircraft are quiet, fuel efficient, and configured with no
middle seat, assigning every passenger a seat on the aisle, window, or
both. ExpressJet branded service delivers an improved customer experience
with valet carry-on bag service and complimentary name-brand snacks with
full service meal options on longer flights.
ExpressJet expects to start flying from Santa Barbara on Nov. 11, in
time for the winter holiday travel season. ExpressJet plans to hire 10 to
15 employees and invest more than $300,000 in airport facilities and
equipment at SBA.
Adding service to Santa Barbara, Long Beach and Reno-Tahoe will bring
the total number of U.S. markets with ExpressJet non-stop flights to 26.
Ream said he was pleased with the progress ExpressJet has made since
introducing its new network earlier this year, and he expects ExpressJet
branded service to be successful. “As demand for regional air service
continues to climb, ExpressJet will continue to look for new ways we can
bring customers a better experience when they fly,” Ream said.
Another way ExpressJet is making travel more convenient is with its
JetSet(SM) frequent flier program, which rewards customers for how often
they fly, not how far they go. JetSet members also can take advantage of
special discounts and promotions courtesy of the airline’s Preferred
Partnership with Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car.