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Silver provides subsidized commercial air service between Tupelo and Atlanta, with 18 flights a week
Here’s what Silver said about its award:
Silver Airways today announced that it has been named one of the Top 10 “Best U.S. Airlines” in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the second distinction the Ft. Lauderdale-based airline has received this year. In February, Silver Airways was named the “2013 Regional Airline of the Year” by Air Transport World (ATW) in recognition of the carrier’s outstanding growth and achievements since its launch in May 2011. To commemorate the twin 2013 industry and passenger awards, Silver Airways is saying “Thank You” with a “Double WOW!” fare sale, beginning November 12, 2013.“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Silver Airways’ leadership, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to each and every one of our 900 team members for their unwavering commitment to the highest level of customer service,” said Matthew Ray, Chairman of the Board of Silver Airways. “When we launched Silver Airways just two short years ago, a primary objective was to create a world class service delivery strategy that could consistently win customer satisfaction and build brand loyalty. To be recognized by Condé Nast readers is a great affirmation that our strategy is working, and an even greater motivation to keep improving. This is a tremendous testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Silver Airways team, and I look forward to the company’s continued success.” Read the rest of this entry »
That slow-moving (at least you might have thought so) big yellow plane in the sky hovering over Tupelo earlier this morning was a giant 747 belonging to ANA (All Nippon Airlines).
But not just any 747. It was a yellow, Pokemon-covered plane that the airline is retiring.
Universal Asset Management, which disassembles and recycles aircraft at the airport, was its destination.
You may remember another Pokemon plane landed last December.
The plane, like the others, will be stripped of parts, then eventually crushed and recycled.
UAM has at least three other retired 747s in Tupelo. Another one was being crunched this morning.
And, another big plane is expected to land Monday at Tupelo Regional: An Airbus A340, which is about the size of a 747.
Two pilots of the American Barnstormers Tour were at Tupelo Regional Airport with their biplanes this morning to get the word out that they’ll be back in town Wednesday and Thursday to offer rides. Not for free, however – they’re $70 per passenger.
The two planes are vintage 1929 aircraft that have been fully restored.
One is a Curtis-Wright Travel Air (the blue one), and the other is a New Standard Model D-25.
David Mars pilots the Curtis-Wright through Vintage Air Tour from Jackson, while Ted Davis is the pilot-owner of the New Standard through Biplane Rides of America.
“We’re here to keep aviation history alive,” said Mars. They’ll be in Russellville, Ala., this weekend, but were swinging through Tupelo and Oxford today.
They plan to be back in Tupelo Wednesday and Thursday, offering rides around noon until about 6 each day..
Well isn’t this interesting:
Keri Wright, who was chief operating officer for Universal Asset Management, is now the new owner, president and CEO of the company.
UAM has been in the news quite a bit lately, and the Daily Journal on Sunday had an extensive story on its wrangling with the city over repairs at the old runway.
Wonder if her new role will play a part in the negotiations.
Here’s what the company says about today’s news:
Universal Asset Management Inc., a global leader in aviation asset management, aircraft disassembly and commercial aviation aftermarket component sales, announces that UAM Holdings Inc., a corporation wholly owned and operated by Keri Wright, has acquired 100% of Universal Asset Management and its wholly owned subsidiary, Universal Air Repair, LLC.
The transaction will enable Universal Asset Management to build upon its customer focus, drive continued organic growth, and pursue aviation asset acquisition opportunities. In conjunction with the acquisition, company founder and CEO Steve Manley announces his retirement from Universal Asset Management.
Along with her new role as President and CEO, Keri will continue managing the day to day operations. “Keri has essentially been running the company for the past several years in her role as COO, and selling the company to her will allow UAM to continue to expand under her ownership,” said Steve Manley. Keri Wright added that this acquisition “will enable UAM to continue to provide the level of service that our customers expect while expanding UAM’s global reach and diversifying the services we offer to the aviation industry. Today is an exciting day for UAM.”
Silver Airways began commercial air service nearly a year ago, but it’s been anything but a smooth flight.
The initial flight was severely delayed because of weather, then problems with the airline’s website and reservation system cropped up. Delayed and canceled flights also plagued the airline during the first few months of service.
But the mayors and airport directors of Greenville and Tupelo – both of which are getting the federally subsidized air service – say the airline has improved dramatically, and are encouraging the public to fly Silver as much as it can.
Cox brought Greenville Mid-Delta Airport Director Draylan Gant and other city leaders to meet their Tupelo counterparts on Thursday to promote Silver, as well as develop their regional partnership.
Silver provides 18 weekly flights from Tupelo to Atlanta, with the flights originating and ending in Greenville.
“Our cities depend on each other for success,” Cox said, “so we want to work together and build our relationship.”
READ more in Friday’s Daily Journal.
The team, which got through feeding 1,200 people this weekend at a charity event in Chicago, drove the replica Boeing 777 grill to UAM’s facility at the Tupelo Regional Airport.
Keri Wright, UAM’s chief operating officer, said the lunch was a little “thank you” to the employees in Tupelo.
She also said UAM and United have had a long-standing relationship, dating back to when the company was Continental. United and Continental merged a few years ago. United has retired more than 50 planes with UAM over the years.
A little secret, however: The grill didn’t make it in til mid-morning, so UAM actually grilled earlier today, and the pork was cooked overnight.
But the 777 grill can crank it up when necessary. Sinasi Stewart, a manager at United and part of the cooking team, said at one event it cooked 1,500 pounds of brisket, 700 pounds of sausage and 700 pounds of ribs for 4,000 people over three days.
That’s a lot of meat.
You’ll see planes on display, as hundreds of school kids saw today while we were out there, but diplays from the Tupelo Veterans Museum, Vietnam Veterans of America, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, Marine Corps League, Gold Star Mother’s Organization, Universal Asset Management and others.
And it’s the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation that’s brought the Huey and Cobra helicopters you’ve probably heard and seen all day. Rides are $60 each, and yes, you have to sign a waiver.
Unfortunately, because of mechanical trouble, the DC-3 that flew over D-Day did not make it over to the Expo as planned.
There’s food, drink and snow cones available at the Expo as well.
As a reminder, on Saturday, following 6 p.m. Petals for Patriots program,, in which 100 gallons of rose petals will be dropped from the air to honor veterans, a benefit dinner will be held.
Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Regiment.
The tickets can be purchased at the expo, at the Marine Corps League or in advance by calling Pearman at (662) 489-8331.