Category Archives: Southern Airways Express

Southern Airways Express to fly to Nantucket this summer

Southern Airways Express has announced it will open summer seasonal service to Nantucket, MA from Norwood, Providence and New Haven.

The seasonal service to the island will operate from June 13 through October 14 mainly from Thursday through Monday, except New Haven which will operate Friday through Sunday.

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SkyWest invests in Southern Airways Express, new pilot pipeline established

Southern Airways Corporation, the parent company of Southern Airways Express and Mokulele Airlines, has announced a strategic minority investment by SkyWest, Inc.

Southern now has more than 200 pilots in its combined pilot corps, many of whom are looking to advance their aviation careers to regional and mainline carriers.

SkyWest is the largest regional carrier in the world as measured by fleet size, number of passengers carried and cities served. This strategic investment by SkyWest will enhance Southern’s recruiting capabilities by providing a career pathway from flight school through Southern’s cadet program and ultimately to SkyWest.

Southern, with operational footprints in the Gulf South, the mid-Atlantic and South Florida, recently acquired Mokulele Airlines, a carrier providing service throughout the Hawaiian Islands and in Southern California.

Southern began service in 2013 by offering flights from Memphis, Tenn. to Destin, Fla. using a total of four pilots and three aircraft. In 2015, Southern acquired Executive Express Aviation, an Illinois-based charter company that was previously contracted to operate the Southern flight schedule. In February 2016, Southern acquired Sun Air Express, an airline operating Essential Air Service (EAS) routes in the mid-Atlantic. Three years later, in February of 2019, Southern acquired Mokulele. Following the integration of the two airlines, expected to be complete by mid-summer, the new Southern Airways will operate 1,380 weekly flights, more than any other carrier in the 50 states.
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Southern Airways Express acquires Mokulele Airlines

Mokulele Airlines Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N829JP (msn 2429) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945684.

Southern Airways Express, operator of 600 weekly flights across 20 cities, has acquired Hawaiian-based Mokulele Airlines. The deal is Southern’s third in the last four years, firmly cementing itself as America’s fastest growing airline.

With established footprints in the Gulf South, the mid-Atlantic, and South Florida, Southern now adds Hawaii and California to its portfolio. Following the integration of the two airlines, the combined entity will operate 1,380 weekly flights, more than any other commuter airline in the 50 states. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Southern began in 2013 by offering flights from Memphis, Tenn. to Destin, Fla. using a total of four pilots and three aircraft. In 2015, Southern acquired Executive Express Aviation, the Illinois-based charter company that was previously contracted to operate Southern’s flight schedule. In February 2016, Southern acquired Sun Air Express, a commuter airline operating Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts in the mid-Atlantic. Today, Southern still operates routes in those original Sun Air-served Pennsylvania and Maryland communities, plus three additional cities in the mid-Atlantic, along with three EAS cities in Arkansas. In November 2018, Southern launched service between Palm Beach, Tampa, and Key West, replacing routes abandoned by Silver Airways.

Mokulele Airlines, founded in 1994 by Rebecca “Kawehi”Inaba, was the first airline started by a native Hawaiian woman. The airline was sold in 2005 and had multiple ownership changes, until it found stability with its latest ownership group, Transpac Aviation, Inc. Since 2011, Mokulele has grown to 15 aircraft serving 11 cities, including four EAS communities. Mokulele currently operates 787 weekly departures.

One of Southern’s goals for the expanded company will be to obtain additional interline ticket and baggage agreements with major carriers. Southern has interline agreements with American Airlines and Condor Airlines, while Mokulele has agreements with Alaska Airlines and Air New Zealand. Expanding those partnerships to include multiple national and global carriers will be the focus post-integration.

 

Unlike Southern’s previous two acquisitions, which included name changes and rebranding, Southern intends to keep the Mokulele brand alive and well in the Hawaiian Islands, while eventually operating all flights on the Southern Airways FAA operating certificate.

Southern is coming off a record-setting year for passenger growth in its Essential Air Service cities with some communities seeing 40 percent increases in traffic over the previous year, and many airports having had their best year for enplanements in more than a decade. Southern has also posted some of the best performance statistics in the industry, completing over 99 percent of its scheduled EAS flights in the last six months.

Founded in 2013, Southern Airways Express has quickly grown to become the largest commuter airline in the 50 states. Operating a fleet of Cessna Caravans and Grand Caravans, Southern will soon serve 30 cities with more than 220 peak-day departures from hubs at Baltimore, Dallas/Ft.Worth, Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, Memphis, Palm Beach and Pittsburgh.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): Mokulele Airlines Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N829JP (msn 2429) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945684.

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Southern Airways Express expands in Florida

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2013

Southern Airways Express in November is establishing a new base in West Palm Beach. On November 8 the commuter carrier will launch flights from PBI to both Tampa and Key West.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Southern Airways Express): Southern Airways Express Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N807JA (msn 20800075) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 939174.

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Southern Airways Express to add Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Southern Airways Express (Memphis) will start nonstop flights between Chattanooga and Memphis on October 1. Chattanooga- Destin, Florida flights will also start in the spring according to the timesfreepress.com.

Read the full story from timesfreepress.com: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: FlugKerl2 via Wiki Commons. Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N807JA (msn 20800075).

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Southern Airways Express 8.2014 Route Map

 

Southern Airways Express continues to expand in the South

Southern Airways Express Caravan N807JA (Grd)(SAE)(LR)

Southern Airways Express (Memphis-Olive Branch Airport) is operating scheduled “on-demand” charter flights across the South mainly operating from FBO terminals under FAR Part 135 which means it does not have to use TSA-inspection facilities at standard Part 139 airports. As previously reported, the company started operations on June 6, 2013. It has grown a lot in its first year.

The company continues to expand. According to desototimestribune.com the commuter airline is adding new service to Madison Airport, north of Jackson, Mississippi.

On June 2 the airline will fly from the private Olive Branch Airport in the Memphis area to the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on the north side of Atlanta. The company is also planning to add new service from Olive Branch to the Nashville area soon according to the report.

Southwest Airlines is dropping service to Jackson, Mississippi so new opportunities will exist at that airport in the future or Madison.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Southern Airways Express.

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Southern Airways Express 5.2014 Route Map