Category Archives: Silver Airways

Silver Airways completes its acquisition of Seaborne Airlines, the brand will continue

Seaborne Airlines SAAB 340B N353SA (msn 351) (Dolphin) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 922658.

Silver Airways and Seaborne Airlines on April 23, 2018 announced that Silver’s acquisition of Seaborne’s business and assets has successfully been closed, creating a leading independent airline to serve the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida, and beyond.

The acquisition brings together two strong independent airlines with similar SAAB 340B fleets, complementary route networks, and common codeshare/interline partners.

With the upcoming deployment of Silver’s recently announced new fleet of state-of-the-art ATR 42-600s across both networks, the combined airline will have an expanded range, allowing it to better serve passengers and markets while creating more opportunities for employees and greater value for its business partners.

The combined airline will continue operating Silver’s route network in the Bahamas, Florida, and beyond under the Silver Airways banner and Seaborne’s route network throughout Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean under the Seaborne name.

The total fleet now consists of 31 aircraft, including SAAB 340s and de Havilland Twin Otter seaplane aircraft.

Steve Rossum of Silver Airways will serve as CEO of the combined airline. Ben Munson will resume his role as president of aviation consulting firm Embark Aviation, and continue as a valued advisor to the company.

The combined airline will employ nearly 1,000 aviation professionals and will be headquartered at Silver Airways’ offices in Fort Lauderdale under the leadership of executives from both Silver and Seaborne.

Corporate and operations support functions will continue at locations in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, San Juan, and St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Copyright Photo: Seaborne Airlines SAAB 340B N353SA (msn 351) (Dolphin) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 922658.

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Silver Airways takes delivery of its first ATR 42-600, introduces a new look

Silver's first ATR 42-600, delivered on April 13, 2018, "Mile Marker Zero", named "Bella"

Silver Airways on April 13 took delivery of its first ATR 42-600 at the Toulouse plant for ATR.

The pictured N400SV (msn 1214) sports a bright new livery featuring a flamingo named “Bella”. The inscription at the nose reads “Mile Marker Zero” implying there will be more images from Florida coming on subsequent deliveries.

The new Silver Airways logo now features a flamingo.

Silver Airways is also featuring flamingos in their ads.

As previously reported, Silver Airways ordered16 ATR 42-600s and four ATR 72-600s.

This follows a deal between ATR and Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for the purchase of 15 ATR -600s, of which 12 will be ATR 42-600s and three will be ATR 72-600s.

These aircraft, along with five from an existing order between ATR and NAC, will be leased to Silver Airways, making them the first operator of ATR -600 series aircraft in the US.

The aircraft, an ATR 42-600, will be configured with 46 seats in a 2-2 seating configuration, with a pitch of up to 32 inches. The remaining deliveries are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. Crew training will be conducted by ATR at its new training facility in Miami, which is home to a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for the ATR -600 series aircraft.

The brand new ATR -600s will replace Silver Airways’ existing fleet of 21 Saab 340B turboprops, while increasing the frequency of main routes and opening new air services to destinations in Florida, the southern United States and Caribbean.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Silver Airways): Silver Airways ATR 42-600 N400SV (msn 1214) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941568.

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Silver Airways announces daily nonstop service to Branson, Missouri from New Orleans, Houston and Chicago

Silver Airways is continuing its expansion by announcing it will start daily nonstop service to Missouri’s Branson Airport (BKG) from New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Houston’s Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) starting on August 30, 2018.

Silver Airways also recently announced it is starting daily nonstop service between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Huntsville International Airport (HSV) on May 23, 2018.

The Branson routes will be operated with Silver’s brand new fleet of eco-friendly ATR 42-600 aircraft.

Silver Airways’ Branson (BKG) – New Orleans (MSY) service effective August 30, 2018:

Origin/Destination
 Departure Arrival Flight #  Stops  Frequency
Branson – New Orleans 11:40 am 1:47 pm 173 0 Monday, Friday
New Orleans – Branson 1:10 pm 3:17 pm 172 0 Monday, Friday

 

Silver Airways’ Branson (BKG) – Houston (IAH) service effective August 30, 2018:

Origin/Destination
 Departure Arrival Flight #  Stops  Frequency
Branson – Houston 4:55 pm 8:55 pm 183 0 Daily except Friday
Houston – Branson 9:05 am 11:05 am 180 0 Daily except Saturday

 

Silver Airways’ Branson (BKG) – Chicago O’Hare (ORD) service effective August 30, 2018:

Origin/Destination
 Departure Arrival Flight #  Stops  Frequency
Branson – Chicago 11:40 am 1:40 pm 181 0 Daily except Mon, Fri
Branson – Chicago 4:55 pm 6:55 pm 185 0 Friday
Chicago – Branson 9:05 am 11:05 pm 186 0 Saturday
Chicago – Branson 2:20 pm 4:20 pm 182 0 Daily except Mon, Fri

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Silver Airways announces new daily nonstop service between Orlando and Huntsville starting on May 23, 2018

Silver Airways has announced it will start daily nonstop service between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Huntsville International Airport (HSV) on May 23, 2018.

The Huntsville, Alabama route will be operated with Silver’s brand new fleet of ATR-600 aircraft. Silver is proud to be the North American launch customer for the all new, state-of-the-art ATR-600, which will be introduced into service beginning this year. The new ATR-600 provides a refined guest experience with rich leather seating, more leg room, and spacious overhead bins that accommodate full-size, carry-on roller bags. Today’s ATRs embody the most advanced aircraft technology available with the latest avionics and all-glass cockpit that ensures safe, reliable flights that are quieter and more comfortable for passengers.

 

Silver Airways’ Orlando (MCO) – Huntsville (HSV) service effective May 23, 2018:

Departure Arrival Flight # Stops Frequency
Orlando – Huntsville 6:15 p.m. 7:24 p.m. 161 0 Daily
Huntsville – Orlando 9:45 a.m. 12:54 p.m. 164 0 Daily

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NAC orders 15 additional ATR aircraft for Silver Airways

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) is pleased to confirm that it has placed a firm order with ATR for 15 additional -600 series aircraft. The aircraft order, which marks NAC’s fourth with ATR since 2011, is particularly significant given that it commemorates the 100th new aircraft order that NAC has placed with the world’s leading regional aircraft manufacturer. It is further testament to the lessor’s commitment to strengthening its position as the global leader in the regional aircraft leasing space.

The purchase from ATR comprises 15 aircraft, 12 ATR 42-600s and three ATR 72-600s. These aircraft will be placed with Silver Airways, along with four 42-600’s and one 72-600 from NAC’s current orderbook. The first aircraft is due to deliver to Silver Airways in March 2018 with the remainder expected to deliver through to 2020. This order will bring NAC’s ATR fleet to over 200 aircraft and establishes NAC’s orderbook as the largest placed with any manufacturer to date.

NAC is delighted to include Silver Airways as a key member of its growing customer base and to further bolster the global footprint of its fleet. The brand-new ATR -600s will replace Silver Airways’ existing fleet of 21 Saab 340B turboprops while increasing the frequency of main routes and opening new air services to destinations in Florida, the southern United States and Caribbean. The advanced cockpit technology and new ergonomic design make it the prime choice for passengers and pilots of the airline.

Image: ATR and Silver Airways.

Silver Airways turns to ATR to replace its 21 SAAB 340Bs

ATR has issued this statement:

ATR announces its first deal of 2018 which sees the introduction of the ATR -600 series in the US, to be operated by Silver Airways.

The airline will introduce 20 ATR -600 aircraft into its fleet, of which 16 will be ATR 42-600s and four will be ATR 72-600s.

This follows a deal between ATR and Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for the purchase of 15 ATR -600s, of which 12 will be ATR 42-600s and three will be ATR 72-600s.

These aircraft, along with five from an existing order between ATR and NAC, will be leased to Silver Airways, making them the first operator of ATR -600 series aircraft in the US.

The delivery and subsequent entry into service of the first -600 aircraft under the livery of Silver Airways will take place in March of this year. The aircraft, an ATR 42-600, will be configured with 46 seats in a 2-2 seating configuration, with a pitch of up to 32 inches. The remaining deliveries are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. Crew training will be conducted by ATR at its new training facility in Miami, which is home to a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for the ATR -600 series aircraft.

The brand new ATR -600s will replace Silver Airways’ existing fleet of 21 Saab 340B turboprops (below), while increasing the frequency of main routes and opening new air services to destinations in Florida, the southern United States and Caribbean.

On engine: 60% less fuel per hour than 70-seat jet

Above Copyright Photo (all others by ATR): Silver Airways SAAB 340B N327AG (msn 427) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402991.

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Seaborne Airlines files for reorganization, signs agreement to be acquired by Silver Airways

Seaborne Airlines (San Juan) has released this statement:

Sea Star Holdings Inc., parent company for Seaborne Puerto Rico LLC, Seaborne Virgin Islands, Inc. and affiliates, announced the company has commenced a voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceeding under Title 11 of the US Code in order to implement new financing and a sale to affiliates of Silver Airways, LLC.

The Company will continue its business without interruption, including all existing flight operations in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and throughout the Caribbean. Tickets held by customers will continue to be valid and Seaborne will be taking bookings for future travel, as normal.

Seaborne also announced that it has secured a new $4.2 million credit facility and concurrently entered into a Purchase Agreement (subject to court approval and potential overbids) to sell substantially all of its business and assets to Silver Airways. This will facilitate a combination between Seaborne and Silver Airways, creating the industry’s leading regional carrier in the Caribbean, Florida, and the Bahamas.

“While the Company’s business has enjoyed a remarkable recovery since the 2017 hurricanes, the financial stress caused during the recovery period coupled with legacy liabilities have made it necessary to seek reorganization protection,” said Ben Munson, Acting CEO of Seaborne Airlines. “Our day to day operations will continue as normal, and this process will be in the best interests of all of our customers and stakeholders.”

Passenger service and safety will continue to be top priorities for the company. Seaborne will operate normal flight schedules and conduct business as usual, honoring all ticketed reservations and rules of the company’s Contract of Carriage. The company will also maintain our codeshare partnerships that facilitate easy connections to partner airlines and our Seamiles program will remain active.

Seaborne Airlines, the largest Caribbean based regional airline for 25 years, operates iconic seaplanes and an airport based fleet that service the beautiful islands throughout the Caribbean, carrying approximately 3 million customers safely. With over 1,500 monthly departures to 12 airports, Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport, and Seaplane base, St. Croix airport and Seaplane Base, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Saint Maarten, St. Kitts, Tortola, and Nevis. All Flights operate with two pilots and two engines.

Seaborne Airlines SAAB 340B N283AE (msn 283) (Seahorse) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 922659.

Above Copyright Photo (all others by Seaborne Airlines): Seaborne Airlines SAAB 340B N283AE (msn 283) (Seahorse) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 922659.

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