Silver Airways starts ATR turboprop operations

A Silver Airways ATR 42-600 at Farnborough Airshow 2018. Photo: © Jakob Wert / IFN

Florida-based regional carrier Silver Airways has started ATR 42-600 turboprop operations in the United States.

This marks the first time a US airline is operating revenue flights with an ATR -600 series. The first flight departed from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and arrived at Key West International Airport on Monday.

We are proud to see the ATR -600 aircraft take flight in the U.S. and to introduce the most modern standards of passenger experience and regional aircraft with our valued partner Silver Airways.Stefano Bortoli, ATR Chief Executive Officer

Silver Airways has already taken delivery of three new ATR 42-600 aircraft, that are part of an initial order for 20 ATR -600 series aircraft split among the 46-seat ATR 42 and 70-seat ATR 72 turboprops.

The ATR airplanes will allow the airline to further expand its services in the Southeastern United States, the Bahamas and the Caribbean and, at a later point, replace Silver’s current fleet of 21 Saab 340B.

Silver Airways intends to take delivery and begin operating five more ATR 42-600s in 2019. Furthermore, subject to regulatory approval, the airline also plans to take delivery of at least three ATR 72-600 this year and expects to receive all 20 aircraft of its initial ATR aircraft order by 2020. Silver Airways holds purchase options for 30 more ATR aircraft.