Yes – Turtles Can Fly!
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 15, 2019--Today, Silver Airways made history by unveiling its first themed aircraft as the official airline of the MiLB baseball team Daytona Tortugas.
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Guests witnessed the herculean strength of Daytona Tortugas’ famed mascots Shelldon and Shelly, along with Silver team members, as they officially pulled “Tortuga One” from Silver’s Orlando maintenance hangar. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Tortuga One,” with its unique turtle-themed paint scheme and livery, is scheduled to operate Silver Airways’ first flight between Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
The new livery of the Saab 340 aircraft features joint branding among Silver Airways, the Daytona Tortugas, and Daytona Beach International Airport, including a fierce tortuga at bat, the iconic Silver Airways turbine, and branding of the Atlantic Coast airport.
To celebrate the new partnership and Silver’s commitment to the Daytona Beach area community, Silver presented the Tortugas Care Charity Foundation with a substantial donation. The foundation is committed to enriching the lives of youth in the Daytona Beach community through recreational opportunities and for sea turtle conservation efforts.
In addition, the Daytona Tortugas made Silver Airways CEO Steve Rossum an “honorary Tortuga” and presented him with an official team jersey. Jersey No. 9 commemorates Jackie Robinson who played in Daytona Beach before he was permitted to play in the major leagues and who broke the color barrier in Daytona Beach on March 17, 1946, wearing the same No. 9.
“There couldn’t be a more perfect match than the airline who offers the most routes within Florida and Florida’s State League’s Daytona Tortugas,” said Silver Airways CEO Steve Rossum. “We are honored to partner with two amazing organizations who share our passion for providing fun, affordable entertainment for Floridians and those visiting our state.”
“The passion and energy that ‘Tortuga One’ and Silver Airways are about to bring to our community is unmatched,” said Daytona Tortugas President Ryan Keur. “We believe the sky is the limit when it comes to this partnership and are thrilled to have gained a partner that shares many of the same principles in regard to innovation, customer service and community.”
“Today was an amazing day for the community,” said Daytona Beach International Airport Director Rick Karl. “Celebrating our new partnership and bringing together Silver Airways, the Daytona Tortugas and DAB with the reveal of ‘Tortuga One’ was truly special.”
(And shhhh – you didn’t hear it from us, but we hear that Shelldon and Shelly are talking island-hopping honeymoon “shellabration” plans to Fort Lauderdale, Key West and the Bahamas! Stay tuned.)
About Silver Airways’ New Daytona Beach – Fort Lauderdale Service
Daily nonstop service between Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) starts on Thursday, January 17, 2019. In addition, Silver offers convenient connections from Daytona Beach beyond Fort Lauderdale to Key West and many popular Bahamian Family Islands with every day low fares. Silver also offers connections to a variety of destinations through its codeshare and interline ticketing partners, including United, JetBlue, American, Delta, Avianca, Azul Brazilian Airlines and more.
Silver Airways’ Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Daytona Beach (DAB) service effective January 17, 2019:
About Daytona Tortugas
The Daytona Tortugas are the Advanced-A, Minor League Baseball Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The team plays on historic Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, which seats 4,200 fans and is annually among the leaders in attendance in the Florida State League.
About Tortugas Care Charity Foundation
The Tortugas Care Charity Foundation is a 501c3 philanthropic organization that is committed to enriching the lives of youth in the community through physical education and sports and contributes to enhancing the efforts of local sea turtle conservation initiatives. The foundation was established in September 2016 by the Daytona Tortugas, minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Giving back to the community is the cornerstone of the Tortugas’ success and this foundation is an avenue to supporting our community.
About Silver Airways
Silver Airways operates the most routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas from its hubs in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa, and also operates Essential Air Service between Boston and Bar Harbor, Maine. Silver is also the official airline of the MiLB’s Daytona Tortugas baseball team. In addition, Silver this year acquired Seaborne Airlines with flights in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. Silver is a codeshare partner with United, JetBlue and Avianca, and has interline agreements with American, Delta, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Bahamasair, Hahn Air and Azul. Silver operates a fleet of highly-reliable Saab 340 aircraft, and starting in 2018, Silver is renewing and expanding its fleet with up to 50 new eco-friendly ATR-600s. Silver is honored to be the North American launch customer for the all new, redesigned ATR-600 offering best-in-class quiet cabins, premium leather seats with more legroom, and spacious overhead bins that accommodate full-size, carry-on roller bags. Silver is owned by affiliates of Philadelphia-based investment firm Versa Capital Management, LLC. To learn more about the refined passenger experience coming soon to Silver, visit www.silverairways.com/destinations/atr42.
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