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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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REX selected as the preferred tenderer for the Perth – Carnavon/Monkey Mia route

REX (Regional Express Airlines) SAAB 340B VH-ZRE (msn 391) SYD (Micheil Keegan). Image: 908308.

Regional Express – REX (Wagga Wagga) has released this statement:

The West Australian (WA) Government has announced REX as the preferred tenderer for the regulated Perth to Carnarvon/Monkey Mia route.

The announcement follows an extensive competitive tender process by the WA Government and comes on the back of Rex commencing operations in WA in February 2016 to operate the regulated Perth to Albany and Perth to Esperance routes.

Subject to final negotiations in early 2018 , REX will enter into a deed of agreement with the Department of Transport to operate the Perth to Carnarvon/Monkey Mia route for a five – year licence period commencing on July 2, 2018.

The REX livery has been updated with blue-painted engine nacelles.

  

Photo Above: REX.

Regional Express (REX) is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of more than 50 SAAB 340 aircraft on some 1,500 weekly flights to 60 destinations throughout all state s in Australia. In addition to the regional airline Regional Express, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel – Air Aviation (air freight and charter operator), Air Link (Dubbo – based regional airline) and the Australian Airline Pilot Academy .

Top Copyright Photo: REX (Regional Express Airlines) SAAB 340B VH-ZRE (msn 391) SYD (Micheil Keegan). Image: 908308.

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GLO Airlines suspends all operations

GLO Airlines (New Orleans) on July 15, 2017 suspended all operations.

GLO was founded by Louisiana native Trey Fayard and operations began in November 2015 using three SAAB 340Bs operated under contract by Corporate Flight Managment (CFM).

GLO and CFM are now involved in a dispute where the virtual airline has claimed CFM was “unable to properly staff flights” which often led to cancellations.

GLO is now looking at other operators to replace CFM and hopes to resume operations.

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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Corporate Flight Management’s SAAB 340B N9CJ (msn 224) stops at Huntsville (HSV) in GLO’s 2015 livery.

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).

Silver Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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JetBlue Airways and Seaborne Airlines launch their new codeshare agreement

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Seaborne Airlines (St. Croix and San Juan) on October 21 began selling flights under a codeshare agreement that will offer customers increased travel options and new destinations throughout the Caribbean. Connections will be made via San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), where JetBlue is the largest carrier.

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Initially, JetBlue has placed its ‘B6’ designator code on eight Seaborne Airlines routes allowing JetBlue customers to reach more destinations in the Caribbean on a single itinerary:

Anguilla (AXA)
Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS)
Dominica (DOM)
Nevis (NEV)
St. Kitts (SKB)
St. Maarten (SXM)
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT)
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (STX)

Seaborne-JetBlue codeshare

Following receipt of all necessary government approvals, JetBlue will place the ‘B6’ designator code on the remainder of the Seaborne Airlines network to include:

Antigua (ANU)
Fort-de-France, Martinique (FDF)
La Romana, Dominican Republic (LRM)
Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe (PTP)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)

In other news, JetBlue today also announced its intent to expand the airline’s service to Barbados by adding a daily roundtrip flight between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados.

The new daily roundtrip service is set to begin in April 2016, subject to government approval, with seats going on sale in the coming weeks. JetBlue’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood focus city will become the third JetBlue city with nonstop flights to Barbados. Service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) launched in 2009 and service from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) will begin this fall.

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N341CJ (msn 341) with the image of a sea turtle on the tail, taxies at the San Juan hub.

JetBlue Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Seaborne Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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GLO to launch public charters from New Orleans to Little Rock, Memphis and Shreveport

GLO (Corporate Flight Management) SAAB 340B N220MJ (Grd)(GLO)(LR)

GLO (New Orleans) has formally announced its launch of proposed scheduled charter flights.

According to the new company:

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The New Orleans-owned and -based startup public charter operator will offer a quality alternative to business and leisure travelers who have been relegated to multi-stop flights and exhausting road travel due to an absence of daily air service to multiple Gulf and Mid-South destinations.

GLO’s public charter flights, operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. (CFM), will introduce daily, nonstop service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). GLO will begin round-trip air service in November to Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT), Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV).

In anticipation of its launch in New Orleans, GLO will offer promotional one-way $189 GLO Saver fares (tax included).

Due to GLO’s economical fare structure, travelers will realize a cost-effective alternative to driving to destinations served by GLO. Business travelers will see an exponential increase in productivity, and can enjoy face-to-face meetings with customers and partners who until now were in destinations too far to drive and visit with regularity. In addition, GLO’s leisure travelers will be able to enjoy more of their time visiting their destinations due to the dramatic reduction in travel time.

GLO will offer daily nonstop, round-trip service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to each destination. The daily flight timetables are as follows:

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CFM will operate 30-passenger Saab 340B aircraft on GLO’s new routes.

On-board service from a flight attendant will include complimentary snacks and beverages from the regions GLO will service.

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GLO’s founder, Louisiana native Trey Fayard (above), experienced this lack of connectivity firsthand. He has spent more time than he would like to remember behind the wheel, traveling to locations that should be connected by non-stop air service.

Founded in 2013, GLO is addressing these travel needs, offering multiple daily non-stop flights between its base in New Orleans and Shreveport, Little Rock and Memphis.

To book flights and find out more, please visit FlyGLO.com.

All GLO flights are 14 CFR Part 380 public charters marketed by FlyGLO LLC d/b/a GLO and operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. (CFM) see Prospectus PC-15-188.

All images by GLO.

Top Photo: GLO. Formerly operated for Lakeshore Express, the pictured ex-Colgan Air SAAB 340B N220MJ (msn 220) will now be operated by Corporate Flight Management for GLO.

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Glo 10.2015 Route Map