Silver Airways Inaugurates New Maintenance Facility at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)

Silver Airways Corp. announced today that it will relocate its maintenance department from its home base in Fort Lauderdale to a new, state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot facility at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). The move was announced at a press event held today at the new facility attended by GNV officials, local business leaders and Silver Airways executives led by CEO Darrell Richardson.

“This move is another important step forward in our drive to become the number-one regional airline in the country,” said Richardson. “With all its advanced technology, large size and convenient location, this facility offers everything we need to support our existing flight operations, as well as continue our growth to exciting new markets.”

Thomas McIntosh, 2011 Chairman of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, commented: “We’re thrilled that Silver Airways has chosen Gainesville as the site for its new service center, breathing new life into a state-of-the-art aviation facility. Silver carefully selected a home where the company could grow and provide centralized service to key markets. On behalf of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Council for Economic Outreach, we stand poised and totally committed to helping this new company grow and thrive right here in our community.”

Silver Airways’ new maintenance facility covers 61,000 square-feet and is located on the southwest quadrant of Gainesville Regional Airport. It consists of approximately 45,000 square-feet of air-conditioned hangar space. Support areas include a 10,800 square-foot maintenance section and a 5,400 square -foot customer service area. The height of the hangar doors (24 feet) and thickness of the hangar floor accommodates regional airlines such as the Saab 340Bplus and Beechcraft 1900D aircraft that comprise the current Silver Airways fleet.

About Silver Airways

Silver Airways Corp. (IATA: 3M) is a U.S. owned and operated airline operating almost 200 daily scheduled flights to/from 46 gateways in Florida, the Bahamas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. The airline, which offers more flights within Florida to the Bahamas than any other U.S. airline, has valued partnership and codeshare agreements with United Airlines and interline agreements with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue.

Silver is a 2013 two-time award winner, having been recognized by its industry and the traveling public. In February 2013, it was named the recipient of Air Transport World’s (ATW) 2013 Regional Airline of the Year Award, the first U.S. airline to win regional aviation’s top honor since 2008. This award recognized Silver’s outstanding achievements, as well as the company’s contributions toward elevating the entire regional aviation industry overall. In October 2013, Silver was named one of the Top 10 “Best U.S. Airlines” in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s 26th annual 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Silver fleet is comprised of Saab 340B Plus aircraft (with a capacity of 34 passengers in a spacious, noise reduction equipped cabin), each powered by highly reliable, fuel-efficient GE jet-turbine propeller engines. The airline also operates Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (maximum seating capacity of 19 passengers) in the airline’s Cleveland network.

The company is privately owned by Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm that launched the airline in May 2011.

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