Silver Airways To Partner With Delta Air Lines

Floridian airline Silver Airways announced yesterday (13/11/19) a teaming up with Delta Air Lines. The new codeshare agreement creates a seamless passage of travel between the two carriers’ networks.

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Silver Airways the latest codeshare “acquisition” by Delta Air LInes. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

The airline, which operates to destinations within Florida and the Bahamas, has entered a codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines. The Fort Lauderdale-based carrier is the latest to be branded with Delta’s designator code “DL”.

Silver currently operates 150 flights a week throughout the Caribbean.

Under the agreement, writes Silver in its press release, Delta’s network by extension now includes San Juan, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Tortola, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. Maarten. Travelers from destinations served by Silver are subsequently able to connect to Delta’s global network with a single ticket.

Silver Airways is not part of a global airline alliance, which will suit Delta’s Ed Bastian. But it does have codeshare agreements with United, American and Delta among others. It also has interline handshakes with various other carriers.

We have contacted Delta Air Lines for further comment.

Codeshare “family”

Silver and Delta have in fact expanded a preexisting commercial relationship. Silver’s only subsidiary, Seaborne Airlines, acquired in 2018, already had a codeshare agreement with Delta.

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Silver Airways a longstanding feature of Bahamian air travel. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

The seaplane service continues to serve the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the US mainland. The recent agreement offers customers of the Silver and Delta networks the convenience of travel by a single ticket.

Silver Airways’ boss Steve Rossum said of the carrier’s announcement, “We are thrilled to welcome Delta Air Lines to Silver Airways’ codeshare family.

“We are pleased to provide Delta’s customers with Silver’s safe, reliable and customer-friendly service and expanded reach throughout our extensive Caribbean network.”

Silver Airways

Silver Airways was the first commercial airline founded in Florida. It is the largest US carrier to the Bahamas with its HQ at Fort Lauderdale and hubs at Tampa and Orlando.

Silver’s Caribbean network is operated from San Juan.

In April of this year the airline became the launch customer of the new ATR 42-600, of which it has 16 on order, according to Flight Global. The airline has received three of the type with five more due in the latter part of this year.

According to the airline’s press release, the fleet consists of ATR-600s and Saab 340s. Seaborne Airlines’ fleet is made up of Saab 340s and Twin Otter Seaplanes.

Silver’s desire to expand its fleet and network sees the Saab 340s eventually replaced with the ATR-600.

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Silver Airways expanding its fleet and network. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Delta vs American

The latest Delta codeshare will see the Atlanta carrier nudge at another market dominated by rival American Airlines. AA currently owns 70% of seat capacity and flight frequencies between the Bahamas and Florida with 106 regional destinations served.

Last year American added five new routes to an ever-growing number of Bahamian flights. At the end of last month, we reported on American’s increase to flight frequencies out of Miami, albeit to Latin American destinations.

After the recent snub by Delta in respect of its agreement with LATAM, American is set to be on the lookout for opportunities to undermine its rival.

Delta’s eastwards push could lead to a ramping up of Caribbean competition. Good news for passengers of the latest codeshare who are bound to see ticket prices slashed.