Edward DavidsonIsland Air, a regional Hawaii carrier owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, has named Edward Davidson its COO.

Davidson will take over for interim COO Tim Rainey.

A former commander in the U.S. Navy, Davidson worked most recently as vice president of flight operations at Porter Airlines, Canada’s third-largest air carrier.

Davidson also served as the senior vice president for Emirates Airline and Group in Dubai, overseeing a fleet of 135 aircraft and a 2,500-person flight crew department.

Island Air recently announced plans to purchase two 71-passenger Q400 NextGen aircraft from Bombardier Aerospace for $60.9 million.

The interisland carrier currently flies between Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Lanai.
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