Hayden company purchases Fresno-based air carrier

<p><p>The Hayden-based parent company of Empire Airlines has purchased West Air Inc., which is a FedEx Feeder airline based in Fresno, California.</p></p><p><p>The acquisition will expand the footprint of Empire Airlines, which delivers FedEx packages from locations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, California, Oklahoma, South Dakota, New Mexico and Kansas.</p></p><p><p>Empire Airlines has been a FedEx Feeder airline since 1988, according to the release.</p></p><p><p>In addition to Empire Airlines, which was founded in 1977, Empire Holdings Inc., also owns Empire Aerospace and Empire Unmanned.</p></p><p><p>“West Air is a great company with a stellar reputation in the industry,” Tim Komberec, Empire Airlines CEO and chairman, said in the release.</p></p><p><p>“Their management philosophy and business ethics closely match those of Empire. We are excited to have them as a member of the Empire family.”</p></p><p><p>West Air will continue to operate as a stand-alone company with its existing management in place, although Komberec will become West Air’s new CEO, according to the release.</p></p>