Sterling Airways, a Wexford Capital LP portfolio company, has announced that it has received its Part 121 certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and authorization to resume scheduled passenger service from the Department of Transportation (DOT).
The new airline, currently based in Jacksonville, Florida, is led by Chief Executive Officer Wayne Heller, former Chief Operating Officer of Republic Airways, along with several former members of Heller’s management team that led Republic’s initial growth of 24 to 30 airplanes a year.
“While Sterling has been certified as an ERJ 145 operator, we’re very much a blank canvas that can move quickly to meet the needs of potential partners and markets crippled in the wake of COVID-19”, said Heller.
“Although the pandemic has challenged the airline industry, we believe that quality air services will continue to be highly desired and vital for the transportation of people and goods throughout the U.S.,” added Heller.
“With a cost structure second to none, we aspire to set a new standard in aviation by delivering a culture rich in safety, customer service and professionalism to our passengers, partners and associates.”