Silver Airways

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Silver Airways
Silver Airways.png
IATA
3M
ICAO
SIL
Callsign
SILVER WINGS
Founded 2010
AOC # 29GA010N
Hubs As United Express:
Washington Dulles International Airport
As Silver Airways:
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Tampa International Airport
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 28
Destinations 27
Parent company Victory Park Capital
Headquarters Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Broward County, Florida, U.S.
Key people Sami Teittinen (Chief Executive Officer)[1]
Website silverairways.com

Silver Airways Corp., operating as Silver Airways, 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. Silver Airways launched as a new regional carrier with assets from former Gulfstream International Airlines.[2]

The airline operates around 170 daily scheduled flights. Silver Airways operates to 20 cities in the United States and seven destinations in the Bahamas with hubs at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Tampa International Airport. The airline also operates scheduled flights as a United Express carrier for United Airlines to 7 cities at Washington Dulles International Airport.

As of November 2013 Silver Airways received $20,515,042 in annual Federal subsidies for Essential Air Services that it provided to rural airports in the U.S.[3]

History[edit]

On November 4, 2010, Gulfstream International Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[4] In May 2011, Victory Park Capital bought the assets of Gulfstream International Group, including 21 of Gulfstream’s Beechcraft 1900D aircraft from Raytheon Aircraft Credit Corporation.[5]

On December 15, 2011, the airline was rebranded as Silver Airways. That same day, they took delivery of one of six recently purchased Saab 340B+ aircraft.[6]

In the first half of 2012, Silver Airways made several moves to turn the company around. Its maintenance facilities were moved from from Ft. Lauderdale to Gainesville Regional Airport, taking over the former Eclipse Aviation facility that had remained vacant since 2009. It purchased six more Saab 340B+ aircraft bringing the Saab fleet to 12.

Scheduled service on the Saabs started on the Florida and Bahamas routes. Shortly after, routes from Gainesville Regional Airport to Orlando International Airport and Tampa International Airport began.[7]

Silver Airways expended their network numerous times in the second half of 2012. First, Washington Dulles International Airport started scheduled service to destinations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. Its Florida route network expanded to Jacksonville.[8] And service began from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to destinations in Mississippi and Alabama.[9]

On August 7, 2012, Silver Airways made national news headlines when it landed at the wrong airport.[10]

On June 28, 2013 Silver Airways announced that it would cease Montana operations over the next few months. The announcement came 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 ended after the last flights 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 Montana markets serviced by Silver Airways, Silver continued its operations in those communities until such time as the DOT awarded the routes to another airline and the new carrier started service to those communities.[11]

In 2013, Silver Airways was named one of the Top 10 Best U.S. Airlines in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.[12]

In the first half of 2014, Silver Airways made several network changes. It ended Beech 1900 operations in Cleveland's EAS network.[13] Then, Silver Airways closed much of its Atlanta network and redeployed its aircraft to other markets. Silver Airways kept limited operations out of Atlanta and Macon.[14]

Facilities[edit]

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,[15][16][2] near Fort Lauderdale. Previously its headquarters were in Dania Beach, Florida,[17][18] also near Fort Lauderdale.[19] The airline also maintains a state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility based at Gainesville Regional Airport.

Destinations[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Silver Airways currently operates Essential Air Service routes out of Washington-Dulles International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Domestic[edit]

Florida Florida
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Virginia Virginia
West Virginia West Virginia

International[edit]

The Bahamas Bahamas

Silver Airways also operates public bonded charter flights that are not under the United Express code.

Interline and codeshare agreements[edit]

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.

Fleet[edit]

The Silver Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:[20]

Aircraft Active Stored Orders Passengers Notes
Saab 340B 25 5 34 Operated in Washington-Dulles system as United Express.
Operated in the Atlanta, Florida, and Bahamas systems as Silver Airways
Total 25 5  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Silver Airways Names Sami Teittinen as CEO" (Press release). Silver Airways. 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/Subsidized%20EAS%20web%20report%20for%20non-Alaska%20communities-Nov%202013.pdf
  4. ^ Yu, Roger. "Gulfstream International files for bankruptcy protection." USA Today. November 5, 2010. Retrieved on November 5, 2010.
  5. ^ Victory Park Completes Acquisition of Gulfstream International Group
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Silver Airways brings cheap Tampa, Orlando flights from Gainesville - The Independent Florida Alligator: Local & National". Alligator.org. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  8. ^ "Silver Airways". Gosilver.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  9. ^ "Silver Airways expands service at Hartsfield-Jackson". Aviation.ca. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  10. ^ "Silver Airways flight 4049 makes a surprise visit to Fairmont Municipal Airport". drudgereport.com. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  11. ^ Book Flights to Billings | Montana Flights | Silver Airways. Gosilver.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  12. ^ http://bizbuzz.djournal.com/2013/11/12/silver-airways-named-one-top-10-airlines-conde-naste-traveler/
  13. ^ Suttell, Scott. "Silver Airways to exit Cleveland market." Crain's Cleveland Business. February 14, 2014. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2014/04/10/silver-airways-to-close-much-of-atlanta-network.html
  15. ^ "Contact Us." Gulfstream International Airlines. Retrieved on December 17, 2011. "1100 Lee Wagener Blvd, Suite 201 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315."
  16. ^ "Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport > Business > Tenant Directory." Broward County. Retrieved on December 17, 2011. "1100 Lee Wagener Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL33315"
  17. ^ "Dania Beach city, Florida." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  18. ^ "Contact Us." Gulfstream International Airlines. Retrieved on May 21, 2009. "Gulfstream International Airlines 3201 Griffin Road 4th Floor Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312"
  19. ^ Pasztor, Andy and Susan Carey. "Gulfstream Faces Penalty on Pilot Hours, Maintenance." The Wall Street Journal. May 21, 2009. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  20. ^ "Silver Airways - Company History". 2014 April 29. Retrieved 2014 September 21. 

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