Hawaiian adds third ATR 72-200F

Hawaiian Airlines has taken redelivery of a third ATR 72-200F for subsidiary ‘Ohana and deployed the aircraft (432, ex-First Air) in revenue service yesterday, flying from Honolulu (HNL) to Lihue (LIH) [FAT 005060]. All of ‘Ohana’s ATRs are operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. Empire tells Cargo Facts that unit 432, which was inducted for conversion […]

Executives from DHL Express and SF Express to speak at Cargo Facts Symposium

The lineup of air cargo industry legends speaking at the 25th Annual Cargo Facts Symposium in San Diego has recently expanded to include Rob Hyslop, SVP of Global Aviation, DHL Express, and George Li, Group VP, SF Express. Cargo Facts Symposium 2019 will be held 16-18 October at the Intercontinental San Diego. For more information, […]

Cebu Pacific takes redelivery of first IPR-converted ATR 72F

IPR Conversions redelivered the first of two passenger-to-freighter converted ATR 72-500Fs to Philippines-based Cebu Pacific [FAT 005059]. The aircraft (820) was previously part of Cebu Pacific’s own passenger fleet and will be the airline’s first dedicated freighter. After making a couple of short test flights around Dinard (DNR), France, where the aircraft was converted to […]

Hawaiian Airlines puts first two ATR 72-200Fs into scheduled service

The regional carrier of Hawaiian Airlines, Ohana, has launched scheduled inter-island cargo flights to Lihue (LIH) and Hilo (ITO) from its base at Honolulu Airport (HNL), with a pair of ATR 72-200Fs operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. Although Ohana’s first ATR 72-200F arrived in Hawaii last year, the carrier has only utilized the aircraft for test […]

FedEx launches “Purple Runway” to alleviate potential pilot shortage

FedEx, in cooperation with Empire Airlines and Mountain Air Cargo, yesterday launched “Purple Runway,” a new pilot development program, that will “promote student interest in aviation careers at selected colleges and universities,” in the expectation of ensuring a steady supply of pilots in a market in which qualified pilots are increasingly scarce. The seeds of […]

Pilot shortage inhibiting growth of regional carriers

  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 13, 2016
  • News
MIAMI- At this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium in Miami, Tim Komberec, president of Idaho-based Empire Airlines spoke on a round-table panel discussion of issues facing all-cargo carriers. Although market conditions have enabled Empire to enjoy steady growth over the years, Komberec said that for the first time in his career, his airline had stopped pursuing growth […]

IPR redelivers its first large-door ATR72 converted freighter

Switzerland-based IPR Conversions redelivered an ATR72-202F to Canada’s Summit Air following conversion to large cargo door configuration. This redelivery is something of a milestone not just for IPR and Summit, but for the air freight and express industry as well. In 2002, ATR began offering passenger-to-freighter conversion of ATR42 and ATR72 turboprop aircraft through Alenia […]
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