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Silver Airways starts selling tickets for Cuba, will operate the first regularly scheduled passenger flight to Cuba on September 1 from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Santa Clara, Cuba

Silver Airways starts selling tickets for Cuba, will operate the first regularly scheduled passenger flight to Cuba on September 1 from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Santa Clara, Cuba

Silver Airways has become the first U.S. airline to again sell regularly scheduled flights to Cuba.

Silver Airways, which operates more routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline, will be the first U.S. carrier to start service to Cuba with the inaugural flight departing Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Santa Clara, Cuba (SNU) on September 1, 2016. This will be the first regularly scheduled flight from the U.S. to Cuba in over 50 years and a historic moment for American-Cuban relations.

Following are details of Silver Airways’ Cuba flights currently available for sale at silverairways.com:

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Santa Clara starting September 1, 2016 (three weekly flights; daily starting October 13)
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Camagüey starting October 13, 2016 (five weekly flights)
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Cienfuegos starting October 21, 2016 (two weekly flights)
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Holguín starting October 27, 2016 (daily)
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Santiago starting November 3, 2016 (daily)
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Cayo Coco starting November 17, 2016 (three weekly flights)
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Varadero starting December 2, 2016 (four weekly flights)
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Cayo Largo starting December 10, 2016 (one weekly flight)
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Manzanillo starting December 16, 2016 (three weekly flights)

Copyright Photo: Silver Airways SAAB 340B N413XJ (msn 413) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402743.

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Silver Airways to return to Cuba in 2016

Silver Airways SAAB 340B N435XJ (msn 435) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929960.

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced its intention to resume nonstop service to Cuba in 2016. The company has a long history of providing charter flights to Cuba, and given the announcement of a new bilateral agreement between Cuba and the U.S., Silver plans to bring much needed commercial service to many Cuban destinations in the near future. The airline will apply to the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve most, if not all, of the ten approved destinations within Cuba, including Havana.

In light of the recent Cuba announcement as well as several other exciting growth opportunities within Florida and the Caribbean, the board of directors of Silver Airways has initiated a process to evaluate a range of strategic alternatives for the airline. The company has engaged Raymond James as its financial advisor to assist in exploring potential strategic partnerships, growth investments, and a merger or ownership transition that would enhance Silver’s ability to capitalize on these attractive growth opportunities.

Over the past five years, Silver has been transformed from a regional express carrier into a successful independent airline providing important air service to otherwise unserved or underserved cities across Florida and the Bahamas. As part of this transformation, the company was rebranded as Silver Airways, upgraded its fleet to SAAB 340B+ aircraft, launched its own Sabre reservation system, relocated its maintenance headquarters to Orlando, strengthened the leadership team, and implemented valuable commercial partnerships with a number of larger carriers, including United and JetBlue. These initiatives have created a compelling value proposition and unique customer experience, and have driven Silver’s revenue to nearly triple since 2011. The board is now considering several opportunities that will accelerate growth and geographic expansion, including the opening of the Cuban market.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N435XJ (msn 435) climbs away from the runway at Washington (Dulles).

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Route Map:

Silver Airways 12.2015 Route Map

JetBlue Airways and Silver Airways announce a code-share partnership, FLL-BWI to start November 12

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) have announced a codeshare partnership that gives customers of both airlines access to new destinations, when connecting on a JetBlue flight. The majority of transfer opportunities will be in JetBlue’s focus cities Orlando (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL). Later this year, the partnership will expand to include 13 Silver Airways routes from Florida to The Bahamas, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals.

Under the agreement, customers will enjoy booking a single ticket and seamless baggage transfers when flying on a JetBlue codeshare flight operated by Silver Airways, and members of JetBlue’s frequent flyer program, TrueBlue, will earn points on all codeshare flights. Flights are now available for purchase on JetBlue.com in select markets.

The JetBlue ‘B6’ designator code will initially be placed on 14 Silver Airways routes, helping JetBlue customers get to destinations across Florida on one itinerary including:

Gainesville (GNV) – Orlando
Key West (EYW) – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Key West – Orlando
Key West – Fort Myers (RSW)
Key West – Tampa (TPA)
Orlando – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Orlando – Fort Myers
Pensacola (PNS) – Orlando
Pensacola – Tampa
Tallahassee (TLH) – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Tallahassee – Orlando
Tallahassee – Tampa
Tampa – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Tampa – Jacksonville (JAX)

The agreement gives customers the opportunity to connect from seven airports across Florida to JetBlue’s continuously growing network in both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Orlando, reaching final destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

JetBlue is the largest airline from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, with more than 70 daily flights to 36 cities in 10 countries, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico and Peru.

The two airlines have successfully cooperated on an interline basis since 2013. This marks JetBlue’s thirteenth announced codeshare agreement.

In other news, JetBlue Airways has announced its new twice-daily service to Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) will launch November 12. This will be JetBlue’s second destination from Baltimore/Washington, having launched its nonstop service to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in 2009.

Baltimore/Washington is one of several new destinations JetBlue will launch from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood this year. On April 30, the airline will launch nonstop routes to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). With these additional routes, JetBlue will serve 36 cities across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America on a nonstop basis from its South Florida focus city.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N766JB (msn 3724) in the Tartan tail scheme arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Silver Airways is building a new maintenance facility at Orlando International Airport

Silver Airways MCO Maintenance facility (Silver)(LRW)

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville), this week previewed its new international maintenance headquarters at Orlando International Airport.

Scheduled to officially open in March, the project was made possible by a $3.5 million public transportation joint participation agreement from the Florida Department of Transportation to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, as well as a significant contribution from Silver Airways.

Silver Airways’ new facility will employ 200 people in the local Orlando-area community. The airline also employs an additional nearly 700 people throughout the State of Florida.

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 other news, Silver Airways is resuming service in the following markets:

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Governor’s Harbour with three weekly flights (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays).
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Great Exuma Island with five weekly flights (every day except Mondays and Thursdays).
Orlando to Marsh Harbour with daily service.
Jacksonville to Marsh Harbour with two weekly flights on Saturdays and Sundays.

Top Image: Silver Airways.

Silver Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Route Map:

Silver Airways 2.2015 Route Map

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Silver Airways to add Panama City, Florida as its newest destination, will also add Charleston, SC

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) is continuing to expand its Florida flying by introducing service from its 12th Sunshine State airport: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City, Florida. On March 19, 2015, the airline is starting nonstop service from Panama City to both Orlando and Tampa. The two new routes are not currently being serviced from Panama City.

Starting March 19, 2015, Silver will operate two daily nonstop flights between Panama City and Orlando, as well as daily nonstop service between Panama City and Tampa.

Starting March 19, 2015, Silver Airways is also launching nonstop service between Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Pensacola International Airport (PNS). The flights will operate on weekdays Monday through Friday with continuing service to/from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

In other news, Silver Airways is also extending its routes from Tampa and Orlando to Charleston, South Carolina starting on March 19.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Silver Airways SAAB 340B N418XJ (msn 418) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Silver Airways is coming to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) is expanding its Florida flying and launching service from its 11th Sunshine State airport: St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Today Silver Airways announced it is starting nonstop service from St. Petersburg/Clearwater to both Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Key West on March 12, 2015. The two new routes are not currently being serviced from St. Petersburg-Clearwater.

Starting March 12, 2015, Silver will operate two daily flights between St. Petersburg-Clearwater and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, and a daily flight between St. Petersburg-Clearwater and Key West.

With this new service Silver Airways will serve both sides of Tampa Bay.

All of Silver’s flights are operated with its fleet of 27 highly reliable and fuel-efficient 34-seat SAAB 340B Plus turbo-prop aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Andy Cripps/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N334AG (msn 434) taxies to the end of the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Silver Airways to expand operations in Florida and the Bahamas

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) is again expanding operations in Florida and the Bahamas. The airline will add new routes and additional frequencies starting on February 12, 2015. Silver has announced new and additional frequencies between Tallahassee and key business markets throughout the State of Florida, including Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Tallahassee: Silver is starting four new weekly nonstop flights on peak travel days of Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, starting on February 12, 2015.

Orlando – Tallahassee: Starting on February 12, 2015, Silver is also doubling its service (from one flight per day to two) between Orlando and Tallahassee.

In addition to the above added nonstop flights, more highlights of Silver’s new intra-Florida schedule include:

1. Additional frequencies between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Tampa – increasing from four to five flights per day on weekdays (starting February 12, 2015);
2. Additional frequencies between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Jacksonville – increasing from three to four flights per day on weekdays (starting
February 12, 2015);
3. Improved connections between Key West and Tallahassee, and between West Palm Beach and Tallahassee;
4. Silver’s new increased intra-Florida schedules offer the most nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to primary business centers in Orlando and Jacksonville than any other airline.

Silver Airways is also announcing the introduction of three new nonstop routes between the Sunshine State and the Out Islands of the Bahamas, as well as resuming a number of seasonal routes and increasing frequencies between numerous current routes starting on February 12, 2015.

Silver’s new nonstop routes include:

Tampa – Marsh Harbour in the Abacos with two weekly flights on Saturdays and Sundays;
Orlando – North Eleuthera with one weekly flight on Saturdays;
Orlando – Freeport in Grand Bahama with one weekly flight on Saturdays.

Silver is also resuming the following seasonal service:

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Governors Harbour in Eleuthera with three weekly flights (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays);

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – George Town on Great Exuma Island with five weekly flights (every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays);
Orlando – Marsh Harbour in the Abacos with daily service;
Jacksonville – Marsh Harbour in the Abacos with two weekly flights on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, Silver Airways is adding more flights for the peak travel season between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Bimini, Freeport, Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera, and Treasure Cay, as well as between West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Silver Airways now only operates the versatile SAAB 340B turboprop. SAAB 340B N346AG (msn 446) arrives at Washington (Dulles).

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Silvery Airways Current Route Map: Other than the Washington Dulles operation, the airline has been shrinking back to its core area of Florida and the Bahamas:

Silver Airways 12.2014 Route Map