ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Albuquerque travelers had their first experience with ExpressJet Airlines' new non-stop service from Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa today. ExpressJet will bring non-stop service on line to connect Albuquerque with Sacramento, Austin and San Antonio in time for the summer travel season.
    "Introducing ExpressJet has improved Albuquerque's ability to meet the needs of this growing market. We see demand for non-stop flights continuing to climb, and making it easier for business and leisure travelers to come to Albuquerque helps to drive the local economy. ExpressJet has also created new jobs and made significant investments in airport facilities and equipment," said Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez.
    Jim Ream, ExpressJet President and CEO, said that ExpressJet branded service aims to save travelers time by eliminating layovers in crowded hubs. "We intend to deliver our customers more convenience and more service in growing cities like Albuquerque with populations that are the right size for our 50-seat aircraft," Ream said.
    Announcing details of the ExpressJet frequent flyer program, Ream said the JetSet(sm) program "rewards our customers for how often they fly, not how far they go." ExpressJet customers earn one roundtrip ticket to any destination ExpressJet serves for every eight roundtrips, or 16 one-way tickets, within a 24-month period.*
    As a special introduction to the ExpressJet brand of flying, a limited-time JetSet promotion rewards flyers who fly four roundtrips or eight one-way trips between now and September 30, 2007 with one free roundtrip ticket to any destination ExpressJet serves.**
    Flying a young fleet of fuel-efficient Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft configured with no middle seats, ExpressJet gives every customer an assigned seat. To make getting on and off the plane easier, ExpressJet also offers valet carry- on baggage service. 
    Ream said ExpressJet upgraded in-flight entertainment with more than 100 channels of free XM(R) Satellite radio, complimentary recognized name-brand snacks with full service meal options on longer flights, and redesigned, memory foam leather seating. 
    ExpressJet schedules and fares are available for sale through most distribution channels for service from Albuquerque to the following markets:
    OKC Oklahoma City, OK April 16
    ONT Ontario, CA April 16
    TUL Tulsa, OK April 16
    SMF Sacramento, CA May 21
    AUS Austin, TX June 4
    SAT San Antonio, TX June 12
    Booking and updated flight information is available through most travelers' preferred providers including travel agencies, online distributors and at
    About ExpressJet ExpressJet Holdings operates numerous divisions designed to leverage its management experience, efficiencies and economies of scale present in its subsidiaries, including ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. and ExpressJet Services, LLC. ExpressJet Airlines' multiple operations include capacity purchase agreements for mainline carriers serving over 150
destinations in North and Central America with more than 1,300 departures per day; corporate aviation providing clients customized 50-seat travel options; training services through its world-class facility in Houston, Texas; and branded flying, providing non- stop service to 24 markets concentrated in the West, Midwest and Southeast regions of the United
States. ExpressJet Services is the North American partner to three major European original equipment manufacturers and provides composite, sheet metal, interior and thrust reverser repairs throughout five facilities in the United States. For more information, visit
    * See for complete details of the JetSet frequent flyer program.
    **Those traveling on the JetSet free ticket are responsible for paying the September 11th Security Fee of up to $10.00 for each free ticket they earn.