|Founded||May 21, 2011|
|Commenced operations||December 15, 2011|
|Parent company||Versa Capital Management LLC|
|Headquarters||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Broward County, Florida, U.S.
|Key people||Sami Teittinen (Chief Executive Officer)|
Silver Airways Corp., operating as Silver Airways, is a United States airline with its headquarters in 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.
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.
On November 4, 2010, Gulfstream International Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 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.
In the first half of 2012, Silver Airways made several moves to turn the company around. Its maintenance facilities were moved from Fort 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.
Silver Airways expanded 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. And service began from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to destinations in Mississippi and Alabama.
On August 7, 2012, Silver Airways made national news headlines when one of its flights landed at the wrong airport.
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.
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.
In the first half of 2014, Silver Airways made several network changes. It ended Beech 1900 operations in Cleveland's EAS network. Then, Silver Airways closed much of its Atlanta network and redeployed its aircraft to other markets.
In January 2015, Silver Airways added Panama City, Florida to its list of destinations, by starting services to Orlando and Tampa from the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. It also announced the launch of a direct service between Jacksonville and Tampa.
On February 27, 2015 Silver Airways previewed its new maintenance headquarters at Orlando International Airport. The project is a complete renovation that will be home to a 38,000 square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul facility that includes two large aircraft hangars each capable of housing three to four aircraft, as well as office space. Silver Airways has committed to a long-term 30-year lease from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority to headquarter its new maintenance facility in Orlando.
In August 2015, Silver Airways ended its Gainesville service, several months after missing and restructuring payments on its Gainesville maintenance hangar.
On March 2, 2016 Silver Airways filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide service from five Florida cities to ten Cuban cities. However, later, Silver Airways was only granted nine Cuban cities, being denied the Havana route.
On September 13, 2016 it was announced that a majority stake of Silver Airways has been acquired by a private equity firm Versa Capital Management LLC in Philadelphia.
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 maintenance facility based at Orlando International 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.
- Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport) Hub
- Fort Myers (Southwest Florida International Airport)
- Jacksonville (Jacksonville International Airport)
- Key West (Key West International Airport)
- Orlando (Orlando International Airport) Hub
- Pensacola (Pensacola International Airport)
- Tallahassee (Tallahassee International Airport)
- Tampa (Tampa International Airport) Hub
- West Palm Beach (Palm Beach International Airport)
- Washington, D.C. area (Washington Dulles International Airport) Hub
- Shenandoah Valley area (Shenandoah Valley Regional 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)
- Nassau (Lynden Pindling International 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.
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Copa Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Island Air
- JetBlue Airways
- United Airlines
The Silver Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Saab 340B||23||1||0||34||Operated in Florida, Bahamas and Washington-Dulles system|
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