|By Business Wire||
|February 10, 2014 02:29 PM EST||
Guests traveling on Silver Airways’ U.S. domestic flights aboard its fleet of Saab 340B Plus aircraft now have the FAA-approved option to safely use portable electronic devices (PEDs) throughout their entire trip.
Guests are allowed to use their PEDs from gate to gate unless otherwise instructed by a crewmember. Small devices, such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers or handheld computer games must be in airplane mode or with the cellular service disabled. Guests are asked to hold these items or put them in the seat back pocket during takeoff and landing.
Larger items such as laptop computers and DVD players may be used when the aircraft is parked at the gate and the main cabin door is open, and they must remain stowed in an overhead bin or under the seat during taxi, takeoff and landing.
“We are pleased to let our guests know that the FAA has approved the safe use of portable electronic devices aboard our Saab domestic flights,” said Silver Airways Chief Commercial Officer Travis Christ. “Providing a safe and enjoyable guest experience are our core priorities, and the implementation of this new program gives our guests the opportunity to safely enjoy their PEDs from gate to gate.”
The FAA recently determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of PEDs during all phases of flight and Silver has implemented this program with the FAA’s approval. Previously, passengers were required to turn off and stow all electronic devices during taxi, takeoff and landing, and when the aircraft was below 10,000 feet.
The new PED program does not apply to flights aboard Silver’s Beech 1900 aircraft in which PED use is prohibited.
About Silver Airways
Silver Airways Corp. (IATA: 3M) is a U.S. owned and operated airline operating approximately 170 daily scheduled flights to/from 38 destinations 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, JetBlue and US Airways.
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.
Visit Silver Airways at www.silverairways.com.