Alaska Airlines to start nonstop service between Orange County and Albuquerque in August

Alaska Airlines will begin daily, nonstop-service from Orange County´s John Wayne Airport to Albuquerque starting Aug. 18, the airline said.

Alaska started service to Albuquerque from Seattle in 2014. The airline recently announced that it would begin service between Portland, Oregon, and Albuquerque, also starting Aug. 18. Tickets for the new routes are on sale now.

Flights will be operated by Horizon Air with 76-seat E175 jets, which feature 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in premium class and 52 seats in the main cabin. The E175 boasts cabin dimensions on par with a narrow-body jet.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Cuba. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).