History

From a small, fixed-base charter company in Orofino, Idaho, Empire Airlines has grown into an international air carrier and heavy maintenance repair station. Like our history? Be a part of our future!

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EMPIRE AIRLINES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

Leahann St Godard & Dawn Fehrs celebrate their 25 year anniversaries!

2015

Lanny Unruh celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

John Engle celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

Marie Kozma celebrates her 25 year anniversary!

Empire Airlines starts passenger operations - "Ohana by Hawaiian."

Carol McCurdie celebrates her 25 year anniversary!

2014

February FAA issues Empire Airlines passenger flying certification.

Tom Strom celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

Rodney Holberton celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

Ray Stanea celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

Katie Lammon celebrates her 25 year anniversary!

Lorena Hanson celebrates her 25 year anniversary!

2013

Jim Adair celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

2011

Craig Brown celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

2010

Steve Martini celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

2008

Dan Paulson celebrates his 25 year anniversary!

2007

Empire Aerospace signs a contract with Horizon Air to support a line of Q-400 aircraft for reliability and performance upgrade modifications.

Empire Aerospace adds Dash 8-100, -200, -300 and Q-400 capabilities to our Ops Specs.

2006

Empire Aerospace signs Operations Specifications to allow the performance of heavy maintenance on ATR42s, ATR72s and Fokker F27s.

Empire Aerospace performs heavy maintenance on first ATR72 imported from Germany by FedEx.

2005

Empire Aerospace holds a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne in attendance.

Empire moves into new hangar and office building.

2004

The first ATR42 put on Empire's certificate makes the first ATR FedEx revenue flight.

BOD accept Idaho's proposal for new hangar and office at the Coeur d'Alene Airport.

2003

The first ATR42 arrives in Spokane for cargo conversion.

2002

Empire purchases Reliant Logistics as a wholly owned subsidiary.

2001

Empire receives Repair Station certificate.

2000

In March Tim Komberec joins Empire as CEO.

1999

Empire begins doing heavy maintenance checks on F27s.

Empire enters into partnership agreement to begin Express Air serving FedEx in Europe.

1998

Empire starts flying and maintaining Shorts SD360 aircraft.

Empire begins sending technical reps to Conair during heavy maintenance checks on Fokker F27s.

1995

Empire moves corporate office and ends passenger service, focusing on cargo, maintenance and airline startups.

1993

Empire becomes a sustaining member of CASE (Coordinating Agency for Supplier Evaluation).

Partnership with Silverwing Holidays to fly BAe 146 jets for charter service out of Bellingham, WA.

1992

Empire assists Mahalo Airlines startup.

1990

Empire adds more cargo routes and performs first heavy maintenance check on a Fairchild F27.

1989

Empire becomes a FAR 121 operator after the purchase of Pacific Alaska and two Fairchild F27 aircraft. In August Empire starts F27 service for FedEx.

Empire flies in Alaska for Naval Arctic Research Laboratory.

1988

Empire signs FedEx contract to fly and maintain Caravan 208s out of Portland and Spokane; Seattle is added in September.

1987

Empire contracts with Hughes Corporation to fly employees between three California offices.

Empire contracts with a Colorado company to run shuttle service between ski resorts.

1986

January 25, Empire adds Metro service to meet passenger demand and adds Lewiston to the COE-BOI route.

1984

January 3, Empire begins commuter service to Boise.

1983

December 31, Pilots Al Hall and Dan Paulson arrive in the Caribbean for the Department of Defense Grenada contract chauffeuring military personnel and supplies.

1981

Empire purchases Executive Aviation in Missoula, MT and leases Twin Otters for US Forest Service smoke jumping contracts.

1980

November 1, Empire purchases West Aire, Inc. at COE and expands business to include aircraft sales and maintenance.

1979

Business includes fire patrol, transporting outfitters into the backcountry, air ambulance, air pollution monitoring, charters and flight instruction.

 May 1 Mel Spelde joins full-time as flight instructor and manager.

1977

April 12 Nick Chenoweth and Vic Walters sign papers starting Clearwater Flying Service (CFS) in Orofino, ID.