Discover Your Potential with Empire Airlines

At Empire Airlines, your career aspirations are not just acknowledged; they’re nurtured. As a prominent partner in the FedEx Purple Runway program, we are more than an airline; we are a bridge to your dream career in aviation.

Pilot Careers: Ascending New Heights

Our pilot career paths are meticulously crafted, providing unparalleled exposure and experience. Whether you’re new to the skies or an experienced aviator, our association with FedEx feeder airlines ensures you receive unparalleled training, guidance, and opportunities in cargo pilot careers.

Technical Careers: The Backbone of Our Operations

Techs at Empire Airlines play an integral role in ensuring our fleet’s safety and efficiency. Dive deep into the mechanics of aviation and work with state-of-the-art aircraft. Your skills will be honed, and expertise amplified, paving the way for a promising pilot cargo career or a specialized technical role.

Air Cargo: The Pulse of Our Operations

Join the heartbeat of our operations in air cargo roles. From management to ground support, every role is crucial in ensuring timely and efficient cargo deliveries, making our mark as a top FedEx feeder airline.

Purple Pathways FedEx Initiative

Being a part of the Purple Pathways FedEx initiative, Empire Airlines offers exclusive insights, experiences, and opportunities for growth. It’s not just about the job; it’s about preparing you for a holistic career in aviation, rich with experiences, learnings, and achievements.

Employee Spotlight - Duane Huff

Dash 8s & Guitar Strings

At Empire Airlines, we’re proud to feature our employees who embody the spirit of dedication and passion, both in their careers and personal pursuits. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on Duane Huff, a Lead Mechanic with a story that resonates with the core values of our Empire family.

Duane’s journey with Empire began in 2012 after a decade with Horizon Air and a brief sabbatical in his beloved Idaho. His expertise in Dash 8 Q400 heavy checks quickly made him an asset to our team. Despite a short separation from Empire in 2014, Duane became a Lead Mechanic in 2016, a role he excelled in until an adventurous yet short-lived day at Boeing. The realization that Empire was his true professional home came swiftly, and a text to Reed Chase was all it took to reaffirm his place in the Empire family.

What sets Empire apart, Duane emphasizes, is its close-knit community. “It’s small enough that you aren’t just a number,” he says. “Empire is truly like a family. Everyone from management down is truly amazing.”

Duane also harbors a passion for woodworking and music, crafting guitars from scratch—a venture that marries precision with creativity. After meticulous self-study, his hands have now shaped six unique guitars, channeling the same attention to detail he applies to aircraft. For those interested in the melodic side of Duane’s talents, you can find him on YouTube and Instagram under Huff Custom Guitars or reach out via email at

On balancing a fulfilling career and personal life, Duane lives by the ethos of prioritizing spirituality, family, and then work. Empire’s four-day workweek grants him the flexibility to indulge in guitar-making and, more importantly, to cherish time with his family.

For aspiring aircraft mechanics and guitar makers alike, Duane offers a nugget of wisdom from his army days: “Learn something new every day, because a day you don’t learn something new is a day wasted.” It’s this philosophy that fuels his continuous growth in all facets of life.

Duane’s return to Empire is a testament to the adage that sometimes, you have to leave home to truly appreciate it. And appreciate it he does, as he continues to contribute to Empire’s success while stringing chords of harmony in his workshop, reminding us that the heart of Empire beats not just in the hangars, but in the personal dreams and achievements of our remarkable team.
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Why Empire Airlines?

  • Holistic Growth: We ensure your growth isn’t just vertical but also horizontal, expanding your skill set across domains.
  • Collaborative Environment: Teamwork makes the dream work. At Empire, you’re part of a family that supports, collaborates, and grows together.
  • Career Guidance: With mentorship programs and insights into specialized domains like the FedEx Purple Runway, you’re always a step ahead in your career.
Embarking on a journey with Empire Airlines means you’re setting course for an adventure filled with learning, growth, and unparalleled experiences. Here, pilot careers and pilot cargo jobs aren’t just jobs; they’re passions pursued with fervor. Join us, and let’s chart a course to the skies together.