Interisland carrier Island Air will introduce three ATR 72-212 aircraft to its fleet before the end of 2012 and will add another three ATRs in 2013.

“The timing is right,” Island Air’s chairman, Charles Willis, said in a statement. “As the economy rebounds, we look forward to growth and future opportunities to better serve our local communities and visitors with their interisland travel needs.”

Currently operating a fleet of only Dash-8 aircraft, the carrier recently hired seven new pilots, and officials expect to hire additional employees in coming months.

Founded in 1980, Island Air flies 331 flights a week and serves airports on all of Hawaii’s major islands.
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