FedEx feeder provider West Air sold

By Rebecca Jeffrey

FedEx Feeder. Photo West Air

Empire Holdings, parent company of Empire Airlines, has purchased California-based FedEx Feeder airline West Air.

West Air operates Cessna Caravan aircraft for FedEx, servicing parts of California, Nevada, and Utah. Founded in 1978, the company has served as a FedEx Feeder operator since 1987.

The acquisition expands the footprint of Empire Holdings, Inc., which is based in Idaho, and owns Empire Airlines, Empire Aerospace and Empire Unmanned.

Empire Airlines, founded in 1977, operates for FedEx out of 16 bases in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, California, Oklahoma, South Dakota, New Mexico, and Kansas. It has been a FedEx Feeder airline since 1988.

West Air will continue to operate as a standalone company with existing management in place. Empire Airlines chief executive and chairman of the board, Tim Komberec will become West Air’s new chief executive.

The terms of the sale have not been disclosed.

“West Air is a great company with a stellar reputation in the industry,” said Empire Airlines chief executive and chairman of the board, Tim Komberec. “Their management philosophy and business ethics closely match those of Empire. We are excited to have them as a member of the Empire family.”

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