Florida-based Gulfstream International Airlines announced its rebranding as Silver Airways on 15 December 2011 with the arrival of its first Saab 340B+. The 34-seat aircraft (reg N437XJ, serial 340B-437) was the first of six which are to be purchased from Saab Aircraft Leasing.
Prior to the rebranding, the company known as Gulfstream International Airlines dated back only to May 2011, when Chicago-based investment firm Victory Park Capital Advisors acquired certain assets, including 23 Beech 1900Ds and rights to the Gulfstream International Airlines brand, from the former Gulfstream International, which had filed for bankruptcy in November 2010.
Silver Airways will deploy the Saabs on routes between Florida and the Bahamas. One unconfirmed report suggests that the airline plans to acquire up to 24 Saab 340B+s over the next two years. The Beech 1900D fleet will continue to be deployed in Silver Airways' other markets, which include operations under the Essential Air Services programme from its Fort Lauderdale main base and second Florida hub at Tampa, as well as hubs at Billings, Montana and Cleveland, Ohio. Beech 1900D operations include services as United Express and the airline also operates certain routes between Florida and the Caribbean under a codeshare agreement with COPA Airlines of Panama. Services as Continental Connection were operated until their rebranding on 30 November 2011, as United Express, reflecting the merger between the two US majors under the United brand.
Thu, Dec 22 2011 12:12 PM
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