US Airline aha! Celebrates Route Launch With 100 Free Tickets

US regional aha! opened its new route from Reno-Tahoe to the wine country of Santa Rosa today, with flights to the home airport of Snoopy.

US regional airline aha! launched its new Reno to the Santa Rosa / North Bay Area route today. To celebrate the first flight, aha! is handing out one free ticket to the first 100 Santa Rosa-Reno customers on its flights.

Even Snoopy is excited about the new aha! flight

The aha! service will operate between Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) to Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport (STS). The twice-weekly Embraer ERJ-145 service will run on Thursday and Sunday, departing Reno-Tahoe at 3:40 pm (Pacific Time) for the 57-minute flight to Charles M. Schultz Airport, Santa Rosa. The return flight will leave at 5:15 pm and arrive back at Reno-Tahoe at 6:12 pm. Charles M. Schultz Airport is named after the famed creator of the Peanuts comic strip, who lived in Santa Rosa for more than 30 years. The airport’s logo features the familiar main character, Snoopy, in his World War 1 flying gear sitting on his doghouse di lui. Tracking on Flightdata24.com shows the first flight left Reno-Tahoe International Airport at 3:51 pm and landed at Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport at 4:26 pm, eleven minutes early.

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Today’s path of the first aha! flight from Reno-Tahoe (RNO) to Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County (STS) using an Embraer ERJ-145. Data: Flightradar24.com

Aha! is an independent airline brand started by regional operator ExpressJet in October 2021. Head of ExpressJet’s aha! business unit, Tim Sieber, said locals have given the new route a warm reception and that “even Snoopy is celebrating with us today.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide passengers with an easy nonstop flight between Reno-Tahoe and Santa Rosa, two destinations that offer a blend of urban adventures and outdoor recreation.”

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Five hours by car or an hour with aha!

Since its inception, aha! has focused on connecting regional and secondary airports in the western US to the Reno-Lake Tahoe area. It uses 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145s on weekly services to destinations around one to two hours flying time from its Nevada hub. Aha! aims to restore routes lost through airline mergers or economic factors and give people an option to long car trips. For example, the car trip between Reno and Santa Rosa, a popular wine-producing region, takes around four to five hours but can be done in under an hour with aha!


aha! is adding new routes to Boise and Idaho Falls in August, bringing connections to small and regional communities. Map: aha!

The free 100 tickets need to be booked by 11:59 pm on July 17 for travel until October 31, 2022. Customers will need to pay government-imposed taxes and fees and other service fees such as for checked baggage. On baggage, aha! has introduced a “wine flies free” program that runs until November 30, 2022. This is the perfect way to end a day trip to Santa Rosa’s wine country, as aha! will accept one dedicated wine bottle case as a free checked bag. It’s a simple system where passengers opt-in by selecting the “wine flies free” option during booking or declaring their wine item at the airport check-in.

Today’s first flight adds the ninth destination for aha! with two more new routes starting in August. These will be eastwards from Reno-Tahoe to Boise and Idaho Falls in Idaho. It now serves nonstop destinations in the US states of California, Oregon, and Washington from its Nevada base, with Idaho to join the network next month. With aha! expanding quickly, it would be great to hear what passengers think of the new services?

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