Denver Air Connection — more commonly known as DAC — is a Colorado-based airline that has pushed a rapid expansion…
Southern Airways Express Expands Again with New Merger
Palm Beach, Fla.-based Southern Airways Express has been growing immensely since its founding in 2013, with its most recent rapid growth being only two months ago in March of 2022 when it acquired Air Choice One. This recent news will be its sixth merger or acquisition as it was announced today in a company memo that the airline would be merging with Los Angeles-based company Surf Air Mobility.
In addition to this merger with Southern Airways Express, Surf Air Mobility has announced another merger with Tuscan Holdings Corp. II on Wednesday. This new combination of the three companies means they will be going public this coming fall, subject to satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions.
But have no fear, in this merger, the Southern Airways Express name will live on along with their Mokulele Airlines affiliate in Hawaii. The current CEO of Southern Airways Express, Stan Little, will continue to run the airline post-merger and will now serve as the president of Surf Air Mobility. In addition, Surf Air Mobility plans on upgrading Southern’s current fleet of Cessna 208s to hybrid-electric aircraft using technology developed by MagniX and AeroTEC.
In addition to the news of another merger, the Palm Beach-based airline has also announced via a social media post that it will be more than doubling the company’s fleet, with the purchase of 100 brand new Cessna 208 Grand Caravans.
This will bring the total number of aircraft in its fleet up to over 150 aircraft, with 140 of them being Cessna 208s. The new Cessna 208s will begin delivery to Southern hopefully this fall and will happen at a rate of three per quarter.
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