Western Aircraft has received Commuter Air Carrier Authorization from the Department of Transportation, paving the way for the company to provide scheduled passenger operations.
Western Aircraft will be using next-generation Pilatus PC-12 aircraft for its scheduled operations, with a focus on routes between Honolulu and Lanai in the State of Hawaii where it currently performs on-demand air taxi operations as Lāna‘i Air.
“We are thrilled to receive our Commuter Air Carrier Authorization from the DOT,” said Phil Winters, Western Aircraft’s vice president for aircraft sales and charter management. “Our entire team has been working hard to prepare for these operations, and we look forward to supplementing our existing Lāna’i Air operations with scheduled passenger flights.”
With this approval, Western Aircraft becomes one of only 35 operators in the United States that have Commuter Air Carrier Authorization. The ongoing schedule for these operations is being finalized and Western Aircraft anticipates ramping up the flight schedule in the near future.