SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Sonoma County officials are celebrating American Airlines’ daily non-stop flights between Santa Rosa and Phoenix starting Thursday.

The airline and the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport marked the inaugural flight and the opening of a ticketing and check-in facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning.

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The first flight was scheduled to arrive in Santa Rosa around 12:15 p.m. and depart for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 12:45 p.m. Flight time between the two airports is two hours.

The flights will operate as American Eagle on 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft. The seating is a two-class configuration with three rows of first class. Flights include in-flight Wi-Fi and food and beverage service.

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The addition of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will allow Sonoma County residents to connect with several eastbound and Mexico destinations.

The Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport also offers direct flights on Alaska Airlines to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, and twice-weekly flights on Allegiant Airlines to Las Vegas.

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