Silver Airways Corp. has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to buy six additional Saab 340Bplus regional turboprop airliners, for an undisclosed amount.
This latest acquisition brings the total number of Saab 340s bought by Silver Airways to 12. The Fort Lauderdale-headquartered airline bought six Saab 340Bplus turboprops late last year and expects to begin operating the type soon.
All of the 12 Saab 340s Silver Airways has bought will enter its fleet by September.
“This fleet acquisition is another giant step forward in our goal to build the dream airline,” says Darrell Richardson, CEO of Silver Airways. “Like the first six Saabs, these aircraft will enhance and expand our growth opportunities. The Saab 340BPlus has a generation-III cabin that allows us to offer a higher quality of service and continue to build on our strong market presence in Florida and The Bahamas.”
Silver Airways’ Saab 340Bplus aircraft feature seating for 34 passengers; large, easy-to-access overhead bins; personalized flight-attendant service; an active noise reduction system; and convenient on-board lavatories.
Before entering service with Silver Airways, each Saab 340Bplus 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. The carrier says it will announce in-service dates for the new aircraft type upon receipt of regulatory approvals.
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Silver Airways Corp. operates 100-plus daily scheduled flights to and from 29 gateways in Florida, The Bahamas, Montana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The company is owned by Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm that initially launched the airline as VPAA Co. dba/Gulfstream International Airlines in May 2011 following the acquisition of select assets from the former Gulfstream International Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2010.
Silver Airways has a new, 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). The airline operates under a codeshare and alliance agreement with United Airlines and Copa Airlines.
In addition to the 12 Saab 340Bplus aircraft it has purchased, Silver Airways also operates 21 Beech 1900D turboprops, each seating up to 19 passengers.