Gainesville Regional Airport Secures New Tenant for State of the Art General Aviation Facility

Silver Airways will occupy the former Eclipse Aviation building, a state of the art, aircraft maintenance hangar completed in 2007.


GAINESVILLE, FL January 2012—Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) is pleased to welcome Silver Airways as a new general aviation tenant. Silver Airways will occupy the former Eclipse Aviation building, a state of the art, aircraft maintenance hangar completed in 2007.

“This will be a great economic benefit to both the surrounding community and to the airport,” says airport CEO Allan Penksa. “Silver Airways is making an investment in our area that will not only bring jobs, but potential increases in air services from both Silver Airways and their code share partners.”

GNV officials have been aggressively searching for a new tenant for the fairly new facility, left vacant during the recent economic downturn. The arrival of the first Saab 340Bplus aircraft marks the beginning of Silver Airways’ new Gainesville operations. The company will move into the facility during the first quarter of 2012.

Hangar Facility Features:

  • Built in 2007 on 5.4 acres
  • 61,000+ square ft facility with 45,000 sq ft of climate controlled hangar space
  • 57,000 sq ft parking apron
  • Hangar with 24 ft high electric doors, 80 ft wide (expandable to 100 ft)
  • State of the art fire suppression system
  • Lobby with glass rotunda and built in customer service desk
  • Offices, conference room and employee lounge facilities
  • 93 paved automobile parking spaces

About Silver Airways

Silver Airways Corp. (IATA: 3M) is a U.S. airline operating 100+ daily scheduled flights to/from 29 gateways in Florida, The Bahamas, Montana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company is owned by Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm that initially launched the airline as VPAA Co. dba/Gulfstream International Airlines in May 2011 following the acquisition of select assets from the former Gulfstream International Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2010.

Silver Airways is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a new, state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility based at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). The airline operates under a principal code share and alliance agreement with United Airlines and Copa Airlines. The Silver Airways fleet is comprised of 21 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (maximum seating capacity: 19 passengers), each powered by reliable, fuel-efficient jet-turbine engines. Six additional Saab 340Bplus aircraft, with seating for 34, will be added to the Silver Airways fleet between December 2011 and July 2012.

For reservations and more information on Silver Airways, visit http://www.gosilver.com/.

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