MDN: Southern Airways Express Acquires Commuter Airline
“Southern Airways Express has acquired Fort Lauderdale-based Sun Air Express, a commuter airline with hubs at Pittsburgh International Airport and Washington-Dulles International Airport.
This is the second acquisition for Southern Airways, which has been based out of the private Signature terminal of the Memphis International Airport since 2014. In that same year, Southern Airways acquired Chicago-based Executive Express Aviation and shares aircraft with the flight group.
Sun Air serves eight cities in the Mid-Atlantic region, but Southern Airways will wait until the fall to make any new route decisions.
Stan Little, chairman and CEO of Southern Airways, said that Memphis to Destin, Fla., frequency will be expanded; a second daily flight to Atlanta is likely; and shuttle service to Nashville, Knoxville and St. Louis is being considered.
As a result of the acquisition, Southern Airways will consolidate and relocate most of Sun Air’s corporate presence in Fort Lauderdale to Memphis.
Sun Air will retire most of its Piper Chieftain aircraft in favor of Southern’s flagship Caravan 208 planes.”