FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Silver Airways has expanded its management team, naming Travis Christ to the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer. In his new role, Mr. Christ will direct the full extent of the airline’s commercial activities, including schedule planning, revenue management, partnerships, marketing, e-commerce, sales, and distribution.
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome such an accomplished professional as Travis to our management team.”
A veteran of 25 years in the aviation industry, Christ started his career in airport operations at American Airlines, advancing progressively through Continental Airlines, America West, and US Airways. Christ handled roles in route planning and scheduling, government affairs, sales, consumer marketing, wholesale vacation packaging, and distribution. He was eventually appointed Vice President of Sales & Marketing at US Airways, a position he held concurrent to serving as President of US Airways Vacations.
Mr. Christ has also served as President of the Americas for Travelport, a global distribution systems firm that provides transaction-processing and business-intelligence solutions to airlines and other travel service providers in more than 160 countries.
Immediately prior to joining Silver Airways, he served as Chief Marketing & Sales Officer for Row 44, an inflight connectivity provider responsible for the development of satellite-based Wi-Fi service for airlines around the globe.
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome such an accomplished professional as Travis to our management team,” said Dave Pflieger, President and CEO of Silver Airways. “The depth of his commercial background and practical, yet innovative approach to team building, sales, and process management are tremendous assets that will contribute greatly to our continued growth.”
Mr. Christ holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from George Washington University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management
Silver Airways Corp. (IATA: 3M) is a U.S. owned and operated airline operating almost 200 daily scheduled flights to/from 47 gateways in Florida, the Bahamas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Montana.
Silver Airways is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and operates under a principal code share and alliance agreement with United Airlines. The Silver Airways fleet is comprised of 25 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 10 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (maximum seating capacity: 19 passengers). (The Beech 1900s operate in the airline’s Ohio and Montana networks).
Silver Airways was named a recipient of Air Transport World’s (ATW) 2013 Airline Industry Achievement Awards, and in so doing became 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. The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award is the longest-running and most-respected airline industry honor in the world.
The company is privately owned by Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm that launched the airline in May 2011.