|AOC #||29GA010N (formerly GUUA428B)|
|Hubs||As United Express:
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (closing May 15, 2014)
Washington Dulles International Airport
As Silver Airways:
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Tampa International Airport
|Alliance||Star Alliance (United)|
|Parent company||Victory Park Capital|
|Headquarters||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Broward County, Florida, U.S.
|Key people||Dave Pflieger (Chief Executive Officer)|
Silver Airways Corp., operating as Silver Airways (SIL), is a United States airline with its headquarters on the property of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in unincorporated Broward County, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale.
The airline operates nearly 200 daily scheduled flights. Silver Airways operates to 26 cities in the United States and seven destinations in the Bahamas with hubs at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and Tampa International Airport. The airline also operates scheduled flights as a United Express carrier for United Airlines to 13 cities in the US with hubs at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. Silver Airways Corp. launched as a new regional carrier with assets from former Gulfstream International Airlines.
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The airline was established as Gulfstream International Airlines (GFT) in October 1988 and started operations on December 1, 1990. It was founded by Thomas L. Cooper, a former Boeing 727 captain for Eastern Air Lines during the pilots' strike in 1989. Initially it operated as an on-demand air taxi between Miami, Florida and Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, but was relocated to the Bahamas, when the political climate in Haiti forced the operation to halt. The airline also flew diplomatic mail to the U.S. Interest in Havana on a weekly basis. In May 1994, a codeshare agreement was signed with United Airlines. In December 1995 Gulfstream began the transition from a FAR 135 carrier to FAR 121, allowing operation of larger aircraft such as leased Short 360s. Its parent company, G-Air Holdings, acquired Paradise Island Airlines in August 1998 and continued to operate its de Havilland Canada Dash 7s. Prior to TWA's acquisition by American Airlines, Gulfstream operated as a part of the Trans World Connection network as TWConnection. In August 2003, Paradise Island Airlines' operating certificate was sold to US Airways Group. In 2004, a long-term codeshare agreement with Continental Airlines was signed. Thomas L. Cooper sold his stake in the company to Gulfstream International Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation in March 2006. Gulfstream had approximately 600 employees as of April 2009.
2009 FAA Investigation
In 2009, Gulfstream International Airlines came under additional scrutiny due to three fatal crashes that all involved pilots that were trained at the Gulfstream Training Academy (its sister company), the last one in February 2009, where 50 died on Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, NY.
In May 2009, the federal government issued a fine of $1.3 million against Gulfstream International Airlines after the Federal Aviation Administration found that it had falsified flight time records, allowing crews to fly longer hours than allowed by law, and providing below standard aircraft maintenance. In response, CEO Dave Hackett stated that "the airline does not have safety violations" and "the vast majority of findings were not violations at all".
2010 bankruptcy and acquisition by Victory Park
On November 4, 2010, Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In May 2011 Victory Park Capital (“Victory Park”) acquired Gulfstream International Airlines when it bought the assets of Gulfstream International Group. Victory Park also purchased 21 of Gulfstream’s Beechcraft 1900D aircraft from Raytheon Aircraft Credit Corporation.
Late 2011 to Current
On December 15, 2011, the airline was rebranded as Silver Airways and took delivery of one of six recently purchased Saab 340B+ aircraft.
On January 19, 2012, Gainesville Regional Airport announced that Silver Airways would be moving its maintenance facilities from Ft. Lauderdale to Gainesville, taking over the former Eclipse Aviation facility that had remained vacant since 2009.
On March 7, 2012, Silver Airways announced the purchase of 6 more Saab 340B+ aircraft bringing the Saab fleet to 12 by September 2012.
On March 29, 2012, Silver Airways received approval from the FAA to operate Saab 340B aircraft. Scheduled service started early that day on the Florida and Bahamas routes.
On April 11, 2012, Silver Airways announced officially that it will offer daily passenger flights from Gainesville Regional Airport to Orlando International Airport and Tampa International Airport beginning from April 15, 2012.
On August 1, 2012, Silver Airways expanded to Washington Dulles International Airport starting scheduled service to 2 destinations in Pennsylvania (Altoona & Johnstown), 4 destinations in West Virginia (Beckley, Clarksburg, Lewisburg/Greenbrier, and Morgantown), and Staunton/Shenandoah, Virginia.
On August 7, 2012, Silver Airways made national news headlines when it landed at the wrong airport. 
On August 13, 2012, Silver Airways expanded its Florida route network with adding daily scheduled service to Jacksonville, Florida.
On October 1, 2012, Silver Airways expanded at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport starting daily service to destinations in Mississippi (Greenville, Tupelo, Hattiesburg-Laurel, and Meridian) and Alabama (Muscle Shoals).
On June 28, 2013 Silver Airways announced that it will cease Montana operations over the next few months. The announcement comes on the heels of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) decision to eliminate subsidized service in two key Montana communities, Lewistown and Miles City. Service will end after the last flight on July 15, 2013 for Lewistown and Miles City. To ensure no interruption of service and a smooth transition for the flying public in the remaining markets serviced by Silver Airways (Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney, Wolf Point and Billings), Silver will continue its operations in those communities until such time as the DOT awards the routes to another airline and the new carrier starts service to those communities.
On November 12, 2013 Silver Airways announced that it has been named one of the Top 10 “Best U.S. Airlines” in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
On February 14, 2014 Silver Airways announced plans to exit Beech 1900 operations in Essential Air Service (EAS) Cleveland network (flying to Jamestown, Bradford, DuBois, Franklin and Parkersburg). Planned exit day of service is May 15, 2014. 
The airline headquarters are located in Suite 201 of the 1100 Lee Wagener Boulevard building on the property of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in unincorporated Broward County, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale. Previously its headquarters were in Dania Beach, Florida, also near Fort Lauderdale. The airline also maintains a state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility based at Gainesville Regional Airport.
Silver Airways is the largest U.S. carrier to The Bahamas, operating more daily flights to more points throughout the multi-island country than any other airline. In its home state of Florida, Silver Airways serves more gateways with more daily flights than any other airline.
Silver Airways also operates Essential Air Service (EAS) routes to 6 gateways from Cleveland, Ohio to small communities in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Additional EAS routes operate out of Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) since August 2012 and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) since October 2012.
- Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport) Hub
- Fort Myers (Southwest Florida International Airport)
- Gainesville (Gainesville Regional Airport)
- Jacksonville (Jacksonville International Airport)
- Key West (Key West International Airport)
- Orlando (Orlando International Airport)
- Pensacola (Pensacola International Airport)
- Tallahassee (Tallahassee Regional Airport)
- Tampa (Tampa International Airport) Hub
- West Palm Beach (Palm Beach International Airport)
- Atlanta (Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport) Hub
- Macon (Middle Georgia Regional Airport)
- Meridian (Meridian Regional Airport)
- Tupelo (Tupelo Regional Airport)
- Hattiesburg/Laurel (Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport)
- Greenville (Mid Delta Regional Airport)
- Bradford (Bradford Regional Airport) Ends May 15, 2014
- DuBois (DuBois Regional Airport) Ends May 15, 2014
- Franklin (Venango Regional Airport) Ends May 15, 2014
- Johnstown (John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport)
- Altoona (Altoona-Blair County Airport)
- Washington, D.C. area (Washington Dulles International Airport) Hub
- Shenandoah Valley area (Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport)
- Lewisburg (Greenbrier Valley Airport)
- Parkersburg/Marietta, Ohio (Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport) Ends May 15, 2014
- Clarksburg (North Central West Virginia Airport)
- Morgantown (Morgantown Municipal Airport)
- Beckley (Raleigh County Memorial Airport)
- Bimini (South Bimini Airport)
- Freeport (Grand Bahama International Airport)
- George Town, Exuma (Exuma International Airport)
- Governor's Harbour (Governor's Harbour Airport)
- Marsh Harbour (Marsh Harbour Airport)
- North Eleuthera (North Eleuthera Airport)
- Treasure Cay, Abaco (Treasure Cay Airport)
Silver Airways also operates public bonded charter flights that are not under the United Express code.
Silver Airways does not participate in any major global airline alliances, but the airline has interline and codeshare agreements with several airlines. Many of these airlines are members of global airline alliances.
- American Airlines
- Copa Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Island Air
- JetBlue Airways
- United Airlines (operating for United Express)
- US Airways
The Silver Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Beech 1900D||5||—||—||19||Operated in the Cleveland system as United Express. Retirement May 2014|
|Saab 340B||28||—||—||34||Operated in Washington Dulles system as United Express. Operated in the Atlanta, Florida, and Bahamas systems as Silver Airways|
- Sat, Apr 27, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT - U.S. Markets closed (2013-02-11). "Silver Airways Names Dave Pflieger President & CEO - Yahoo! Finance". Finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- "GULFSTREAM INTERNATIONAL GROUP BEGINS FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING UNDER CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY; FLIGHT OPERATIONS CONTINUE UNAFFECTED; ANNOUNCES AGREEMENTS FOR NEW FINANCING." Gulfstream International Airlines. November 4, 2010. Retrieved on November 5, 2010.
- Pike, Joe. "Silver Airways’ First SAAB 340 Slated to Fly to Bahamas." Travel Agent Central. Questex Media Group. December 15, 2011. Retrieved on December 17, 2011.
- Corrigan: Airline That Trained Pilots in 3 Most Recent Regional Crashes Culture Wars Online Magazine, 2011
- Alan Levin: Airline That Trained Buffalo Crash Pilot Fined $1.3M USA Today, May 21, 2009
- Allan Chernoff and Laura Dolan: Florida's 'pilot factory' CNN.com, May 28, 2009
- Scrutiny of Gulfstream Intensifies Wall Street Journal online, May 27, 2009
- "Gulfstream International denies allegations of safety violations."
- David Hackett (Continental Connection): RE: Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc Letter to the FAA, June 11, 2009
- Yu, Roger. "Gulfstream International files for bankruptcy protection." USA Today. November 5, 2010. Retrieved on November 5, 2010.
- Victory Park Completes Acquisition of Gulfstream International Group
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- "Silver Airways brings cheap Tampa, Orlando flights from Gainesville - The Independent Florida Alligator: Local & National". Alligator.org. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
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- Book Flights to Billings | Montana Flights | Silver Airways. Gosilver.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
- "Contact Us." Gulfstream International Airlines. Retrieved on December 17, 2011. "1100 Lee Wagener Blvd, Suite 201 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315."
- "Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport > Business > Tenant Directory." Broward County. Retrieved on December 17, 2011. "1100 Lee Wagener Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL33315"
- "Dania Beach city, Florida." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
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- Pasztor, Andy and Susan Carey. "Gulfstream Faces Penalty on Pilot Hours, Maintenance." The Wall Street Journal. May 21, 2009. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
- "Silver Airways Starts Flights Out of Macon April 1st". 41NBC. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-04-27.