Empire in the News

November 3, 2016

Empire Airlines, Inc.  announced today that Robert Henrich joined Empire as Controller effective Monday, October 31st. Robert is an experienced and talented accounting professional having graduated from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, with an MBA in Accounting. His undergraduate degree was in international studies from the University of Missouri. Additionally, Robert is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Robert comes to Empire from Clearwater Paper Corporation in Spokane and was previously with BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, MO where he held senior corporate accounting positions. Prior to that he was a CPA for the Accounting firm of Schneider & Gerhardt, PC. where he performed audit, tax and consulting engagements

Robert will have direct responsibility for all aspects of Empire’s accounting and financial functions and will report to Scott Marikis, Empire’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

October 25, 2016

Today we signed the Operations Specifications with the FAA to officially put Jake Russack in the Director of Operations position for Empire Airlines.  Jake has many years of experience in the regional airline industry operating both turboprops and jet aircraft. He has been flying the ATR for Empire on both the FedEx and Ohana operation and also serving as the Director of Operational Support.

 The Director of Operations position is mandated by FAA regulations under Part 119 and is the main FAA point of contact for our flight operations conducted under Parts 121 and 135.

 Jake has led the effort on completing our EFB project on the FedEx ATRs as well as working with Foreflight to provide full service navigation chart service. He has and will continue providing company leadership and supervisory guidance for our flight crews, flight attendants and dispatchers.

 Congratulations and appreciation for taking on this position of responsibility on behalf of Empire Airlines and all of our employees.

August 1, 2016

Pete Broschet joined the company as Director of Human Resources effective August 1st. He joined from International Aerospace Coatings where he was Director of Human Resources.

March 9, 2016

> Ohana by Hawaiian to increase service to Lanai

January 8, 2016


Empire Airlines Inc, dba Empire Aerospace adds Embraer ERJ 145 all series to Ops Specs 

Hayden, Idaho, January 8, 2016 

On December 18, 2015 Empire Aerospace -- a subsidiary of Empire Airlines-- received amended Operating Specifications , adding the ERJ 145 to its maintenance capabilities. 

Empire Aerospace has performed heavy maintenance on large turbo-prop aircraft for the past 10 years.  We are known for our ATR experience throughout North America, providing service to U.S. and Canadian based operators.  

With the lack of growth of turbo-prop operations in North America, Empire realizedan additional market opportunity in collaborating with operators of regional jet aircraft.  

Using industry outlooks and trend analysis, and through discussions with operators at the Regional Airline Association conventions in St. Louis in 2014 and Cleveland in 2015, the decision was made to add the Embraer ERJ 145 to our Operating Specifications. Working with our customers and the Federal Aviation Administration, Empire Aerospace added the ERJ 145 to our capabilities. 

This is an exciting new chapter in the history of Empire Aerospace as one of the leading aviation companies in the Idaho Panhandle.  With the addition of the ERJ 145, Empire Aerospace continues to meet regional airline needs by providing premier customer service through dedication to quality, and expanding its capabilities at a fair price. 

Empire Airlines is an Idaho based company with over 350 employees providing air cargo services for FedEx in 15 states and inter-island passenger airline services for Hawaiian Airlines in Hawaii. Empire operates two other divisions: Empire Aerospace providing heavy maintenance and modifications to the industry and Empire Unmanned which provides unmanned aerial surveillance and analysis for agriculture and related industries. 

See www.empireaerospace.com for more information. 


Reed Chase, General Manager

Empire Aerospace

Phone: 208-292-3682 (direct), 208-292-3850 Ext 205

Email: Reed.Chase@empireaerospace.com