Silver Airways, America’s leading independent regional airline, launched its first scheduled flight with its new ATR42-600 on 23 April. The flight departed Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for Key West International Airport. The airline has taken delivery of three ATR42s from NAC. The type is ideally suited for the airline’s short-haul routes.
“This is truly a great day for Silver Airways, ATR Nordic Aviation Capital and our customers that would not have been possible without the hundreds of dedicated man and women of Silver Airway and Seaborne Airlines who have worked tirelessly over the past year to arrive at this historic moment,” said Silver Airways and Seaborne Airlines CEO Steve Rossum. “The new ATR -600 series aircraft will be transformational for Silver Airways and is ideal for our short-haul domestic and nearly international operations. The state-of-the art aircraft allows a safe, highly reliable and efficient fleet operation and a superior overall experience for our guests.”
“Nordic Aviation Capital is proud of its relationship with Silver Airways, and we are particularly pleased to be part of their great success story,” said Martin Moller, chairman of NAC. “The introduction of the ATR -600 series represents an essential milestone for them. We congratulate Silver Airways on their serve expansion and look forward to continuing out outstanding relationship with them for many years to come.”
The airline has taken delivery of three of up to 50 ATR -600 series aircraft, including an initial order for 20 ATR -600 aircraft split among the 46-seat ATR 42s and the 70-seat ATR 72s. Silver Airways intends to take delivery and begin operating five more ATR42-600s later this year. All the initial 20 aircraft are expected to be in service by 2020.