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Empire Holdings acquires FedEx Feeder West Air

Empire Holdings, Inc., parent company of Empire Airlines, has purchased West Air, Inc., a FedEx Feeder airline headquartered in Fresno, California.

Founded in 1978 and based in Fresno, California, West Air operates Cessna Caravans for FedEx servicing parts of California, Nevada, and Utah. The company has served as a FedEx Feeder operator since 1987.

The acquisition expands the footprint of Empire Holdings, Inc., which is based in Hayden, 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. Empire Airlines has been a FedEx Feeder airline since 1988.

West Air will continue to operate as a standalone company with existing management in place. Komberec will become the new Chief Executive Officer. The terms of the sale are not being disclosed.

West Air was founded in Chico, California, in the 1940s as a Fixed Base Operator, pumping fuel, renting aircraft, performing aircraft maintenance and avionics and providing charter flights and flight instruction. In the late 1970s, the company provided San Francisco-based commuter airline services as West Air Airlines.

West Air began operations for FedEx in 1987 and the company quickly transitioned to an all Cessna 208 fleet, with 33 new aircraft added to the operation.

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