Showing posts with label Silver Airways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Silver Airways. Show all posts

15 April, 2023

Silver Airways on the brink of being evicted for non-payment of rent

The Floridian boutique airline Silver Airways could soon lose its home base in Florida over unpaid bills.

Local media WPTV is reporting that Broward County commissioners may soon be voting on whether to terminate the carrier's leases at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport over its failure to pay its bills since  2021.

The commission will be meeting next week and is seeking permission to terminate the agreement between the airport and the airline. Another possible move that the airport may take following the termination of the agreement is to impound one or more of the airline's ATR aircraft to recoup losses and it is understood legal representations have already been made on the issue. 

The airline once had a great reputation, however, in recent times it seems the airline has fallen down in terms of service and reliability. The carrier has just a two-point rating on TripAdvisor with over 900 Terrible ratings by unhappy customers who say the airline is 'Worst Airline Ever',  'Unreliable and no staff to handle problems', 'They are not to be trusted'  'FAKE airline. Do NOT book with them!!!!! you will not get your money refunded.'

It is a similar situation on SkyTrax where mostly verified passengers have rated Silver Airways just 2 out of 10  and hardly anyone would recommend the airline to other people.  On Yelp out of 514 reviews the airline scores just 1 and a half stars with many customers reporting long delays, last-minute cancellations, lack of transparency and poor service. 

Staff reviews seem to focus on low pay and lack of management direction or ability to perform satisfactorily on sites light indeed and glassdoor.

Many feel the airline is on the brink of bankruptcy as getting refunds from the airline for cancelled trips has proved to be very difficult and the amount of cancellations due to 'technical reasons' are mounting, so much so that concerns have been raised to the U.S. regulators the FAA. 

We have approached the airline for comment. 

Katie Loughlin from Silver Airways responded with the following:    "We saw your comment, and it is patently false. If you print this, you will be sued."

 




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05 September, 2022

Regional U.S. carrier Silver Airways says goodbye to SAAB 340B from operations.

After operating the type for ten years, Silver Airways and Seaborne said goodbye to the SAAB 340 last week as they retire the type from operational duties.
Photo Silver Airways 


After operating the type for ten years, Silver Airways and Seaborne said goodbye to the SAAB 340 last week as they retire the type from operational duties.

Silver Airways operates daily scheduled flights between gateways in the Southeast U.S., Florida and The Bahamas. Its headquarters are in Fort Lauderdale with a maintenance facility based at Orlando International Airport.

In the summer of 2018, Silver completed the acquisition of Seaborne Airlines, a San Juan, Puerto Rico-based air carrier serving destinations throughout Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other countries in the Caribbean. Seaborne provides connections throughout the Caribbean via the carrier’s hub in San Juan, while also serving as the most critical link between St. Croix and St. Thomas with the carrier’s seaplane operation.

Silver’s new ATR aircraft have now replaced the fleet of venerable SAAB 340s which played a key role in establishing the airline as a boutique and now regional carrier with a growing network and ambitious expansion plans. 

The Saab 340 was the workhorse of Silver’s fleet from 2012 to 2019, before being phased out and replaced by the newer and larger ATR 600 series aircraft. During its time in service, the Saab rewarded millions of passengers with spectacular views of the Florida coastline and the mesmerizing blue waters of the Bahamas.






24 July, 2022

Evian Medrano promoted to Acting Chief Operating Officer of Silver Airways and Seaborne Airlines.

Congratulations to Evian Medrano who has recently been promoted to Acting Chief Operating Officer of  U.S. boutique regional airlines, Silver Airways and Seaborne Airlines.
Congratulations to Evian Medrano who has recently been promoted to Acting Chief Operating Officer of  U.S. boutique regional airlines, Silver Airways and Seaborne Airlines.

The airline said on social media:  "We believe Evian is the first Latina COO of an airline here in the United States. Silver Airways is proud to have a uniquely diverse workforce where the underrepresented in the aviation industry have the ability to overcome the norms by demonstrating leadership, talent, problem-solving skills, a strong worth ethic and an uncompromising commitment to safety, customer care, and developing fellow Team Members. With Evian in her new role, she will help lead the talented Team Members of Silver Airways in the right direction towards an inclusive environment for all present and future generations of the aviation community."

Silver Airways also recently announced the start of a new codeshare deal with Copa Airlines! allowing customers to reach much further from Central America on domestic US routes, while providing more connecting opportunities from Panamรก to the Silver Airways network.

Silver Airways also recently announced the start of a new codeshare deal with Copa Airlines! allowing customers to reach much further from Central America on domestic US routes, while providing more connecting opportunities from Panamรก to the Silver Airways network.









16 April, 2022

Silver Airlines is hiring pilots........




U.S. boutique regional air carrier Silver Airways has resumed its ATR expansion plan, which had temporarily been halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The growth plan includes the replacement of its Saab 340 operations in the Caribbean as well an expansion to new passenger and cargo markets, accelerating the growth of the ATR fleet. Silver intends to hire up to 200 pilots by the end of this year as its growth is increasing ahead of schedule. 


As part of the hiring goal, Silver has re-launched its successful entry-level cadet program, Emerging Aviators, and will begin immediately hiring Direct Entry Captains while also directly hiring ground and simulator Instructors. Captain Charles Osborne commented, “Silver Airways is an amazing place to work. It has all the qualities for a bright future.”



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22 March, 2022

Silver Airways looking to hire more pilots......

Did you know that Silver Airways operates cargo flights for Amazon Prime? 


It is true, they do and the Florida based regional airline is currently recruiting First Officers and Direct Entry Captains for both cargo and passenger flights.

As part of its development and expansion plans Silver Airways will replace its Saab 340 operations in the Caribbean and continue to invest in more ATR aircraft - 10 more expected to arrive during 2022 and is looking to recruit up to 200 pilots.

Captain Charles Osborne commented, “Silver Airways is an amazing place to work. It has all the qualities for a bright future.”

As the North American launch customer of the newly redesigned and technologically advanced, customer-friendly ATR-600 series aircraft, Silver Airways offers passengers an unparalleled flying experience and reliability, and pilots enjoy the industry’s most advanced cockpit.  The new ATR-600 series features the latest innovations in cockpit technology with simplified, integrated LCD advanced functions, enhancing safety and improved handling for pilots, as well as the latest in avionics technology. The state-of-the-art, all-glass cockpit further reduces flight crew workload and enhances situational awareness while providing better reliability, maintenance cost savings and weight reduction.

Silver Airways Pilots......

Immediate Entry to the Left Seat – new-hire pilots with 1000 hours of 121 PIC will enter as Captain on day one
People + Packages – in addition to passenger service, Silver launched a new business venture to begin first-ever freighter operations in conjunction with Prime in November 2021
Fleet expansion – Silver continues to build its fleet of ATR-600 series aircraft with more on the way! 
Employer of choice - Silver offers the best of both worlds: a stable, future-focused career, and great quality of life 
Onward and upward - many Silver alums now fly for Atlas, Delta, jetBlue, Frontier, Spirit, FedEx and more 
Company Assets - Company-paid ATP/CTP Course, iPad, Known Crew Member, and parking in-base 
Crew bases – Our pilots are happy to call AFW (Amazon Air), and FLL, SJU, and TPA home base 
Starting First Officer pay and benefits:
$71.83 per flight hour
Signing Bonus: $17,000
Annual High Season Bonus: $4,000
Per Diem: $2.15 per hour
Minimum Daily Rate: 4 credit hours 
Minimum Monthly Guarantee: 75 credit hours
Deadhead Pay: 100%
401(k) with Company match 
Accrued Personal and Vacation time 
Holiday Pay: 150% multiplier 
Travel privileges with national and international air carriers 

13 February, 2022

Silver Airways Announces Achievement of Major Strategic Initiatives

Silver Airways Positioned to Accelerate Growth with Successful Completion of Its Recapitalization, Fleet Restructuring, Expansion of Passenger Service, and Launch of its Regional Air Cargo Operations.

Silver Airways, America’s leading independent regional airline and the U.S. launch operator of the fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly ATR-600 series turboprop aircraft, has successfully implemented critical strategic objectives including raising $50 million of new capital through the placement of senior secured convertible notes to provide further support to Silver’s business plan and capital structure and further accelerates its growth. Silver Airways, owned by affiliates of investment firm Versa Capital Management, LLC (“Versa Capital”), operates regional passenger networks in Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, and provides regional cargo services with five ATR-500 aircraft operating out of Ft. Worth, Texas.

Silver’s new financing was arranged by Jefferies LLC aviation banking team and was fully subscribed to by funds and accounts managed by Brigade Capital Management, LP (“Brigade”), a leading global credit asset management firm with $30 billion under management, after a competitive placement process.

Silver has also recently implemented the following corporate initiatives to position the airline for growth and continued expansion of its customer offerings:

Entered into new or amended aircraft leases with all of Silver’s aircraft lessors, thereby providing significant financial and operational flexibility for the airline.
Resumed new aircraft deliveries with two factory-new ATR42-600 aircraft received by Silver in December 2021, bringing its ATR-600 passenger fleet to eleven aircraft, with further significant ATR-600 fleet growth planned for 2022.
Obtained regulatory approval to begin flying ATR aircraft in cargo operations and placed five ATR72-500 freighters into service late in 2021 under a commercial contract and began delivering cargo during the recent holiday season.
Expanded Silver’s long-standing code sharing relationship with United Airlines to include all Silver markets in the Caribbean and additional routes in the Southeastern U.S.
Finalized integration of San Juan-based Seaborne Airlines into Silver’s operations.
Re-launched Silver’s highly acclaimed website – www.silverairways.com – creating a simplified travel experience for our valued customers.
Introduced expanded passenger service in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana.
Silver President and CEO Steven A. Rossum said, “Without minimizing the tremendous support of so many business partners and stakeholders throughout this unprecedented period, none of this could have been accomplished without the dedication, hard work, sacrifice, and grit of Silver and Seaborne’s loyal Team Members who continued to provide safe, reliable, and customer-friendly service to our customers every day. Silver and its Team Members now deservedly have the opportunity for long-term stability and growth with an airline poised to undergo rapid and dramatic expansion.”

Rossum added, “After the most extraordinary period in commercial aviation history, we are humbled and energized by achieving these transformational initiatives. With new, long-term financing, a fleet portfolio comprised of young, fuel-efficient, and environmentally friendly aircraft, the final integration of our San Juan-based subsidiary Seaborne Airlines, and our new cargo operations all in place, Silver is now positioned to execute on its tremendous opportunities in the regional passenger and cargo sectors.”

Gregory L. Segall, Chairman of Silver and of its owner Versa Capital commented, “Over the last few years, Steve Rossum and his leadership team steered Silver through extraordinary challenges and implemented bold initiatives that have validated Silver’s value proposition to the airline’s passenger, codeshare and cargo partners. By transforming our fleet into the modern and efficient ATR turboprops and with new long-term financing secured, Silver now has the resources to aggressively execute its growth strategy. Having achieved these successes, we are excited to be a part of Silver’s bright future.”




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10 April, 2021

U.S. regional airline Silver Airways to start flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

America’s independent regional airline Silver Airways has confirmed it will launch a new service from New Orleans, Louisiana to Jacksonville, Florida from 3rd June. 

 In addition to nonstop service between New Orleans, Louisiana and North Florida, this new route will also provide convenient and seamless connections to Silver’s extensive network throughout the Sunshine State, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and destinations domestically and worldwide through codeshare and interline ticketing partners. Silver serves more intra-Florida destinations than any other air carrier.

Silver Airways, operates the most routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas from its gateways in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa. Silver’s Caribbean network connects Puerto Rico with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Dominica and Santiago, Dominican Republic. Silver is a codeshare partner with United, JetBlue, American, Delta, Avianca and Copa Airlines, and has interline agreements with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Azul, Bahamasair, and Emirates. 

03 February, 2021

Silver Airways to lunch Savannah / Hilton Head International routes to Florida services

Silver Airways, one of America’s leading independent regional airlines has announced new nonstop twice-weekly services from Savannah, Georgia to Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In addition to nonstop service between Savannah, Georgia and two of Florida’s most exciting travel destinations, these new routes will also provide convenient and seamless connections to Silver’s extensive network throughout the Sunshine State, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and destinations domestically and worldwide through Silver’s codeshare and interline ticketing partners. Silver serves more intra-Florida destinations than any other air carrier.

05 January, 2021

Jobs at Silver Airways

The Floridian boutique regional airline Silver Airways currently has a number of vacancies at its Fort Lauderdale base, including ramp agents, mechanics and senior network engineer.  More details on the carriers recruitment site.

 Throughout its rich history, Silver Airways has excelled as an employer that offers a future-focused career and a great quality of life. In 2018, Silver acquired Seaborne Airlines, a San Juan-based air carrier serving destinations throughout the Caribbean.


29 October, 2020

Silver Airways to start service from Jacksonville International to Tampa and Fort Lauderdale

New nonstop flights will commence on December 21st, 2020 
 


The Floridian boutique regional airline Silver Airways, is to launch nonstop twice-weekly flights from Jacksonville, Florida to both Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. The flights are scheduled to be operated on the airlines ATR42-600 aircraft. 

In addition to nonstop service between North Florida and two of Florida’s most important destinations, these new routes will also provide convenient and seamless connections to Silver’s extensive network throughout the Sunshine State, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, and destinations domestically and worldwide through Silver’s codeshare and interline ticketing partners. Silver serves more intra-Florida destinations than any other air carrier.

“We are delighted to serve Jacksonville and the surrounding North Florida and Georgia communities and in particular, the thousands of men and women of the United States Armed Services stationed in the Jacksonville area“ said Steve Rossum, Chief Executive Officer of Silver Airways. “Beyond its revered military presence, the Jacksonville area offers travelers relaxing beaches, world-class golf courses, unforgettable eco-adventures, professional sports, exciting nightlife, a vibrant and growing business community, world class universities, and deep rooted history including St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, “ added Rossum. “We are excited to be back in JAX.”

"Silver Airways’ new nonstop service to Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale offers a welcome connection between Northeast Florida and other parts of the state,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Mark VanLoh said. “We look forward to working with Silver as they continue to grow at Jacksonville International Airport.”





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21 October, 2020

Boutique Floridian airline to start services to and from Columbia Metropolitan Airport


Silver Airways, the Floridian boutique independent regional airline, has confirmed its plans to start nonstop flights between Columbia, South Carolina and three of Florida’s hottest and popular destinations.

Orlando – Columbia:
Nonstop service twice weekly to Orlando International Airport
The only nonstop travel option between Columbia and Orlando area with attractions including the Orlando area theme parks, NASA and the Space Coast, and beachside communities on the Atlantic coast


Fort Lauderdale – Columbia:
Nonstop service twice weekly
Enhanced flight options to/from Fort Lauderdale and the South Florida area including Miami and West Palm Beach. Visit local attractions like the Florida Everglades, Las Olas Boulevard, the South Beach nightlife, and the pristine fun-filled beaches of South Florida


Tampa – Columbia:
Exclusive nonstop service between the Tampa Bay area and Columbia twice a week
Visit the Florida “Suncoast” and explore local museums, theme parks, historic Ybor City or soak up the sun on the beautiful white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Professional sports including the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and National League Champion Tampa Bay Rays.

Continuing same-plane service to Key West

14 October, 2020

Silver Airways to start services from Charleston International


The small Floridian boutique regional airline Silver Airways has announced two new routes from Charleston, South Carolina to three great gateway cities in Florida.

Orlando – Charleston:
Nonstop service three times weekly to Orlando International Airport
The only nonstop travel option between Charleston and Orlando area with destinations including Orlando’s main attractions, NASA and the Space Coast, and beachside communities on the Atlantic coast


Fort Lauderdale – Charleston:
Nonstop service twice weekly
Enhanced flight options to/from Fort Lauderdale and South Florida area including Miami and West Palm Beach. Visit local attractions like the Florida Everglades, Las Olas Boulevard, South Beach, and the iconic beaches of South Florida


Tampa – Charleston:
Exclusive nonstop service between the Tampa Bay area and Charleston three times weekly
Visit the Florida “Suncoast” and explore local museums, theme-parks, historic Ybor City or soak up the sun on the beautiful white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico

Continuing same-plane service to Key West
In addition to nonstop service between Charleston and Florida, these new routes will also provide convenient and seamless connections to Silver’s extensive network throughout the Sunshine State, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and destinations domestically and worldwide through Silver’s codeshare and interline ticketing partners.

03 September, 2020

Silver Air’s Boeing Business Jet is Available for Global Charter Now

Unrestricted Availability on the Ultimate Experience in Private Aviation; 
Miami to Dubai in 15 Hours

The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) managed by Silver Air is now available for charter and uniquely without restrictions by the jet’s owner. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, this one-of-a-kind BBJ is a state-of-the-art aircraft with global reach, and an expansive 18-passenger configuration designed for personal and business travel.

Featuring a custom interior and master bedroom with a large bed, shower with exclusive steam feature, conference room, lounge area, and three lavatories, the BBJ is the first private charter with GoGo 2kU fully worldwide highspeed internet connectivity. All onboard monitors have Apple TV for streaming and Sling TV for live TV. The galley is equipped with wine chiller, two microwaves, oven and De’Longhi coffee/espresso maker. The BBJ’s custom exterior paint design was documented in Silver Air’s exclusive time-lapse video at https://www.flybbj.com.

23 May, 2020

Silver Airways to resume Bar Harbor – Boston flights

The U.S Boutique airline Silver Airways has confirmed it will be returning to Bar Harbor, Maine for an extended summer season with daily nonstop service between Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) and Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) through to October 14, 2020.
Photo Silver Airways

18 March, 2020

US boutique regional airline in desperate bid for financial support.

The boss of the boutique regional US airline, Silver Airways,  has issued a letter to politicians and the US federal government begging for critical and immediate financial aid required in order for the airline to survive the most dire crisis the industry has faced since 9/11.

Chief Executive Officer Steve Rossum sent the letter to U.S. Department of The Treasure Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, Florida State Senator Marco Rubio, Florida State Senator Rick Scott and Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as the downturn in business has left the airline teetering on the brink of collapse.

The letter is reproduced below in full.



11 March, 2020

ilver Airways Introduces New State-of-the-Art ATR-600 Series Aircraft in the Caribbean

This week Silver Airways, America’s leading independent regional airline, is introducing its new state-of-the-art ATR-600 series aircraft in the Caribbean. The ATR-600 series aircraft is specifically designed for short-haul markets, but with the same look, feel and customer amenities of larger jetliners.

Silver is scheduled to launch a total of four new ATR-600 series aircraft in its Caribbean operation this year, including one ATR 72-600 starting March 4, 2020, one ATR 42-600 in April, one ATR 42-600 in June and one ATR 42-600 in July.

Over the past year, Silver Airways has undergone a complete operational, fleet and customer service transformation and in doing so is reinventing the regional flying sector. Now Silver is bringing the airline’s safe, reliable and customer-focused ATR service to the Caribbean.

28 February, 2020

Silver Airways to start services to Charleston, South Carolina from three Floridan gateways

Silver Airways has confirmed this week that it will operate ATR72-600 services to Charleston, South Carolina from three Floridian gateways from 21st May.

The US regional carrier will instigate flights from Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa and in addition to nonstop service between Charleston and Florida, the new routes will also provide convenient connections to Silver’s extensive network throughout the Sunshine State, Bahamas and the Caribbean, as well as a variety of destinations throughout the U.S. through Silver’s codeshare and interline ticketing partners.
  • Orlando – Charleston:
    • Daily nonstop service.
    • The only nonstop travel option between Charleston and Central Florida.
    • Continuing service to Key West.
  • Fort Lauderdale – Charleston:
    • Four times weekly nonstop service will greatly enhance flight options to/from South Florida.
  • Tampa – Charleston:
    • Three times weekly nonstop service.
    • Silver will be the only airline operating this route.
"We are thrilled to introduce low fares and nonstop service between South Carolina’s most iconic city and three favorite Sunshine State destinations with Silver Airways’ safe, reliable and customer-friendly service,” said Silver Airways Senior Vice President Commercial and Finance Pedro Motta.

27 February, 2020

Silver Airways Pilot Becomes First Female Captain to Fly ATR-600 Series in U.S.

 Captain Cindy Guay, First Officer Susan Sugar, Flight Attendant Rachel Peacock, Flight Attendant Flavia Fabiano (Photo: Business Wire)
The US boutique regional airline Silver Airways, America’s has announced the history-making milestone appointment of Cindy Guay as the first female Captain to fly the ATR-600 series aircraft in the U.S., including both the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600.

In addition, Captain Guay is now flying alongside Silver Airways’ first all-female flight crew, including First Officer Susan Sugar, and Flight Attendants Rachel Peacock and Flavia Fabiano, all based in Orlando.

“This is not only a momentous milestone for Silver Airways, but for all women in aviation,” said Silver Airways CEO Steve Rossum. “All of these women are truly talented hardworking professionals who have overcome many obstacles in pursuit of their passion for flying and are exemplary role models for all women interested in pursuing a career in aviation.”

19 February, 2020

Silver Airways Kicks Off Summer Travel Between Orlando and Destin, Florida

On March 13, 2020, in time for the Memorial Day weekend, Silver Airways is kicking off the summer travel season between two historic U.S. Air Force bases – Orlando International Airport, formerly McCoy Air Force Base, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, located within Eglin Air Force Base.

Flights are scheduled to take just under two hours on the airlines Saab 340B aircraft featuring 34 seats in an economy cabin. 

23 January, 2020

Hockey Heats Up as Silver Airways Becomes Official Airline of Orlando Solar Bears

Hockey is heating up as Silver Airways kicks off the new year as the official airline of the ECHL hockey league’s Orlando Solar Bears, affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

Orlando is an important hub for Silver’s airline operations within the Southeastern United States and to the Bahamas, and home to hundreds of Silver Airways’ pilots, flight attendants and airport operations team members, as well as the airline’s maintenance headquarters that perform millions of dollars in heavy maintenance.

“As a major employer in Central Florida and an important transportation provider for the region, we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the Orlando Solar Bears and are excited to help fans get to and from Orlando with Silver Airways superior safe, reliable and customer friendly service,” said Silver Airways CEO Steve Rossum. “When you combine America’s leading independent regional airline and North America’s premier ECHL hockey team, it’s a win-win for fans and travellers!”

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