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The new Gulfstream International Airlines rebrands as Silver Airways, adds its first SAAB 340B

Gulfstream International Airlines (2nd) (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is no longer. On December 15 new owners VPAA Company dba Gulfstream International Airlines announced the adoption of a new name and brand: Silver Airways.

According to the new owners; “The name, along with its crisp and distinctive logotype, exemplify the airline’s dynamic growth potential, as well as its unwavering commitment to providing highly professional, safe and efficient operations.”

VPAA Company dba Gulfstream International Airlines was founded in May 2011 when Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm, acquired select assets from the former Gulfstream International Airlines (1st), which filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2010. Silver Airways continues the evolution of the carrier under Victory Park management.

The new Silver Airways logotype is derived from the spinning propeller blades of a turboprop engine like those found on the SAAB 340Bplus and Beechcraft 1900D aircraft that comprise the Silver Airways fleet. According to the airline; “The use of metallic silver and dark grey evokes grace and professionalism, while the deep fuchsia speaks to the brand’s vibrancy and dynamic growth potential.”

The new name and brand will officially became effective Yesterday (December 15, 2011) when Silver Airways welcomes the first of six recently purchased SAAB 340B aircraft to its fleet. The aircraft, which will be deployed along the carrier’s Florida-Bahamas routes, will feature the new Silver Airways logo and a completely re-designed livery.

The airline code shares and has an alliance agreement with United Airlines and Copa Airlines. The Silver Airways fleet is comprised of 21 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (maximum seating capacity: 19 passengers), each powered by reliable, fuel-efficient jet-turbine engines. Six additional SAAB 340B aircraft, with seating for 34, will be added to the Silver Airways fleet between December 2011 and July 2012.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Former Mesaba SAAB 340B N437XJ (msn 437) sits on the FLL base ramp in the new look.

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The new Silver Airways operates in three distinct but diverse areas:

Gulfstream International to acquire six SAAB 340B turboprops

Gulfstream International Airlines (VPAA Company dba) (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced it reached an agreement with SAAB Aircraft Leasing to purchase six 34-seat SAAB 340B turboprops. Gulfstream will deploy all six SAAB 304Bs on its Florida-Bahamas routes, replacing smaller 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

Gulfstream will integrate the six SAAB 340B aircraft into its fleet over a nine-month period beginning in mid-November 2011 when the first 340B is slated for delivery. Each aircraft will be subject to a period of inspection and certification under U.S. and Bahamian aviation regulations to ensure full compliance with all safety and operational requirements prior to initiating scheduled passenger service. In-service dates for the new aircraft type will be announced upon receipt of regulatory approvals.

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Gulfstream Florida-Bahamas Route Map:

Gulfstream to serve seven remote communities in Montana

Gulfstream International Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) today announced details of its new air service linking seven Montana cities with Billings Logan International Airport. Gulfstream will begin this new service on May 1, 2011 with service between Billings and Lewistown and Havre. On May 8, 2011 additional flights will be added from Billings to Glasgow and Wolf Point. On May 15, 2011 the balance of the cities will be added as service is started between Billings and Glendive, Miles City and Sidney. These flights will be operated by Gulfstream Airlines and ticketed in cooperation with Island Air of Hawaii.

Should the airline be renamed?

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Gulfstream’s new routes in Montana:

Gulfstream International introduces a new livery

Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda.

Gulfstream International Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has introduced a new livery for its own operations.

Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda. Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N82539 (msn UE-168) shows off the “near Continental” (now United) livery at Miami.

Gulfstream International Airlines starts Parkersburg-Cleveland flights

Gulfstream International Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) yesterday (October 1) inaugurated service from Parkersburg, WV to the Continental Airlines hub in Cleveland, OH. This new route is being flown under Gulfstream’s Continental Connection (soon United Express) affiliation with Continental Airlines. The new service will consist of four round-trips each weekday and four flights over the weekend, which is twice the frequency offered by the previous carrier. As previously announced, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded Gulfstream a new two-year contract as the Essential Air Service (EAS) provider for Parkersburg, providing direct service to Cleveland.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N81538 (msn UE-199) approaches Miami for landing.

Under its arrangement with Continental Airlines, Gulfstream coordinates pricing and schedules with Continental.

Gulfstream wins an EAS contract to serve four Continental Connection destinations from the Cleveland hub

Gulfstream International Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) a new two year contract as the Essential Air Service (EAS) provider for the communities of Bradford, PA; DuBois, PA; Franklin/Oil City, PA and Jamestown, NY. Gulfstream operates flights from all four cities to the Continental Airlines hub in Cleveland, OH.

These flights will continue to be operated under Gulfstream’s Continental Connection affiliation with Continental Airlines. Under this arrangement, Gulfstream coordinates pricing and schedules with Continental Airlines.

Gulfstream currently operates 23 aircraft with over 150 daily system departures throughout Florida, the Bahamas and now with service at Cleveland, OH. Gulfstream operates as Continental Connection, under contractual agreement with Continental Airlines. Additionally, Gulfstream has codeshare relationships with United Airlines and Copa Airlines of Panama.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Gulfstream’s Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N81538 (msn UE-199) dressed in Continental’s colors prepares to land at Miami.

Gulfstream International Airlines to fly Parkersburg-Cleveland for Continental

Gulfstream International Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) announced details of its new service linking Parkersburg, WV with Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Gulfstream will inaugurate this new service on October 1, 2010. These flights will be operated under Gulfstream’s “Continental Connection” affiliation with Continental Airlines.

Gulfstream currently operates 23 Beech (Raytheon) 1900D aircraft with over 150 daily system departures throughout Florida, the Bahamas and now with service at Cleveland, OH. Gulfstream operates as Continental Connection, under contractual agreement with Continental Airlines. Additionally Gulfstream has codeshare relationships with United Airlines and Copa Airlines of Panama.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Beechcraft (Raytheon) 1900D N81538 (msn UE-199) prepares to land at Miami.

Gulfstream International settles with the FAA and extends the leases on 21 Raytheon (Beech) 1900Ds

Gulfstream International Group, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood), the parent organization of Gulfstream International Airlines, announced that it has reached a final agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) providing for the settlement of certain proposed civil penalties. The agreement calls for the Company to pay $550,000 over a five-year period.

The company also stated in its press release:

“The Company has also reached an agreement with Raytheon Aircraft Credit Corporation (“RACC”) to extend its current Lease Amendment and Forbearance Agreement relating to 21 Beech 1900D airliners leased from RACC until December 6, 2010 (the “Lease Termination Date”) on their existing terms and provide for, among other things, the opportunity to purchase the fleet of aircraft from RACC, enabling the company to reduce existing annual lease payments by approximately $5 million.

The Lease amendment and Forbearance Agreement, reached with RACC on May 14, 2010, also includes certain concessions with respect to past payment obligations due in December, 2010, as well as other indebtedness, which is contingent upon closing the aircraft fleet purchase by the Lease Termination Date, and would reduce the Company’s overall obligations to RACC.

The net effect of the FAA and RACC agreements, subject to completing the aircraft fleet purchase, would result in a reduction of current liabilities in excess of $1.0 million.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Raytheon (Beech) 1900D N218YV (msn UE-218) taxies to the gate at Miami.

Gulftsream loses $2.9 million in the third quarter

 

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Gulfstream International Airlines (Gulfstream International Group) (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) reported a net loss of $2.9 million in the third quarter. In other news, the airline is interested in participating in the “Pittsburgh Connector” incentive program to restore local service to several PIT markets formerly served by US Airways Express carriers.

 

Press release:

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