Silver Airways Named ATW Regional Airline of the Year
South Florida-based carrier is the first U.S. airline to win regional
aviation’s top honor since 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- February 11, 2013
Silver Airways Corp. announced today that it has been named 2013 Regional
Airline of the Year by Air Transport World (ATW), the leading monthly magazine
covering the global airline industry. The Fort Lauderdale-based carrier is
being honored in recognition of its outstanding growth and achievements, as
well as its contributions toward elevating the overall regional aviation
industry.Notably, Silver Airways is the first U.S.-based airline to win the
coveted ATW Regional Airline of the Year award since 2008.
Matthew Ray, Chairman of the Board for Silver Airways, praised the Silver
Airways’ team members for the award, saying: “ATW awards represent the
pinnacle of achievement in aviation. Aside from the continued support and
appreciation of our passengers, there is no higher honor. On behalf of the
Board of Directors, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the nearly
800 Silver Airways team members across the United States and the Bahamas for
their hard work and dedication that made this award possible. We started this
airline with the goal to build the number-one regional airline in the world.
The incredible team at Silver Airways joins me in the privilege of thanking
the editors of Air Transport World for recognizing that we are on the right
Since its launch in May, 2011, Silver Airways has enjoyed dramatic growth. The
carrier welcomed 21 advanced, fuel-efficient Saab 340BPlus aircraft into its
fleet, while also doubling its route network with the opening of new hubs in
Washington, D.C. and Atlanta to serve communities in the Mid-Atlantic and
Southeastern United States. At the same time, Silver Airways expanded its
Florida routes to become the state’s largest carrier, serving more gateways
with more daily flights there than any other airline. The Bahamas service also
was bolstered, strengthening the airline’s position as the largest U.S.
carrier to the multi-island country. Silver Airways also opened a new,
state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility in Gainesville in
2012, hired and trained nearly 500 new team members, and made improvements to
facilities, technologies and employee travel and healthcare benefits.
“Underpinning the airline’s success has been our unwavering commitment to
foster a winning corporate culture, execute an innovative business strategy
and establish an independent brand with the strength and flexibility to drive
customer loyalty and foster partnerships with multiple carriers,” said Ray.
Since launching the airline in 2011, Silver Airways has solidified its valued
codeshare agreement with United Airlines, formed strategic partnerships with
Delta Air Lines and achieved numerous other strategic and operational
initiatives that will enable the company to continue to ensure high passenger
satisfaction and operational performance.
Originally launched in 1974, ATW awards are determined solely by the editors
of Air Transport World(ATW) based on submissions made by airlines based all
over the world. The 2013 ATW awards will be presented on March 26 in
Washington, D.C. at ATW's gala dinner and celebration at the Omni Shoreham
Hotel. Further information about 2013 award winners is available in the March
issue of ATW.
About Silver Airways (www.gosilver.com)
Silver Airways Corp. (IATA: 3M) is a U.S. airline operating 100+ daily
scheduled flights to/from 47 gateways in Florida, The Bahamas, Ohio, New York,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Montana, Mississippi, Alabama, and
Georgia. Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm, launched the
company in May, 2011.
Silver Airways is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a new,
state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility based at Gainesville
Regional Airport (GNV). The airline operates under a principal code share and
alliance agreement with United Airlines and Copa Airlines. The Silver Airways
fleet is comprised of 11 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (maximum seating capacity:
19 passengers) and 21 Saab 340Bplus aircraft (maximum capacity of 34
passengers in a spacious, noise reduction equipped cabin), each powered by
highly reliable, fuel-efficient jet-turbine propeller engines. Silver
Airwaysis among an elite group of airlines that was named a recipient of Air
Transport World’s (ATW) 2013 Airline Industry Achievement Award, and the first
U.S. airline to win regional aviation’s top honor since 2008. This award
recognizes Silver’s outstanding growth and achievements as well as the
company’s contributions toward elevating the entire regional aviation industry
overall.TheATW Airline Industry Achievement Award is the longest-running and
most-respected airline industry honor in the world.
For more information on Silver Airways, visit www.gosilver.com.
SBPR Corp., Travel + Lifestyle PR
Steve Bennett, 954-566-1522
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