Silver Airways is expanding its Essential Air Service (EAS) network with the addition of six new scheduled passenger routes from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and five routes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
The Washington Dulles routes are being launched as part of Silver Airways’ ongoing codeshare agreement with United Airlines, while Atlanta service will operate under a new, close interline relationship with Delta Air Lines.
From Washington Dulles International Airport, Silver Airways will serve four communities in West Virginia and two in Pennsylvania.
In West Virginia, Silver Airways will operate to Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW), which serves Beckley; North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB), which serves Clarksburg (CKB); Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB), which serves Lewisburg; and Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW).
Silver Airways will also fly from Washington Dulles International Airport to Pennsylvania’s Altoona-Blair County Airport (AOO) and John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport (JST).
From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Silver Airways will serve three communities in Mississippi and one each in Alabama and West Virginia.
In Mississippi, the carrier will operate to Mid Delta Regional Airport (GLH), serving Greenville; Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP); and Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (PIB), which serves the communities of Laurel and Hattiesburg. All flights will interline with Delta Air Lines services at Atlanta.
Silver Airways will also fly from Atlanta to Northwest Alabama Regional Airport (MSL), which serves Muscle Shoals and several other cities nearby; and to Lewisburg, West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley Airport, which Silver Airways is also serving from Dulles under its United codeshare.
“All of us at Silver Airways are excited to build upon the success we’ve had operating EAS routes in Montana and the Northeast by bringing much-needed air service to these under-served communities,” said Darrell Richardson, CEO of Silver Airways. “We look forward to serving the traveling public in these areas with the same quality air service that customers across our route network have come to expect and trust.”
Silver Airways has operated EAS service from Billings to seven gateways throughout Montana since May 2011. The carrier also serves six communities in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia from Cleveland under the EAS program.
Silver Airways expects its Dulles flights to begin this summer and its Atlanta service to launch this fall. In both markets, Silver Airways will deploy Saab 340Bplus turboprop regional airliners.
According to the airline, each of these aircraft features seating for 34 passengers; large, easy-to-access overhead bins; personalized flight attendant service; an active noise-reduction system and on-board lavatories.
Silver Airways Corp. is a U.S. airline operating 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 which 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 is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale and has a new, 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) in Florida. The airline operates under a principal codeshare and alliance agreement with United Airlines and Copa Airlines.
The Silver Airways fleet includes 21 Beechcraft 1900D turboprops. The Beechcraft 1900D seats up to 19 passengers and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67D engines, each delivering 1,279 shaft horsepower for take-off.
Silver Airways is also now in the process of taking delivery of 12 Saab 340Bplus turboprops, each seating 34 passengers. All 12 of the Saab 340Bplus regional airliners will join the Silver Airways fleet by September.