Fort-Lauderdale, Florida-based Silver Airways took significant steps toward a long-term goal to become a major US airline by announcing its intention to purchase up to 50 ATR-600 series turboprops, valued at a potential $1.1 billion if all options are taken. Silver’s initial order is for 20 ATR 42-600 aircraft, the 46-50 seat model; the letter of intent (LOI) signed Aug. 1 provides Silver the ability to upgauge to the larger 68-78 seat ATR 72-600 model. The firm 20 ATR 42-600 aircraft ...

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