Silver Airways – yes, that Silver Airways, the carrier that provides air service between Tupelo and Atlanta – was named the Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World.
Here’s the company’s press release about the prize, which was announced Monday:
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 track.”
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 2013ATW 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.
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 Airways is 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. The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award is the longest-running and most-respected airline industry honor in the world.