January 4, 2016
Airlines' president writes that his company sees a bright future in Orlando,
thanks to the "Power of Partnership"
National Air Cargo Holdings announced the relocation of our headquarters and airline
offices to Orlando a little more than two years ago, the plan was for us to
grow our freight and charter services in an aviation-rich environment for our
did we anticipate that the support we received from state and local partners
would lead to the launch of scheduled passenger service as "Orlando's
last month, we launched our first-ever scheduled passenger service, with nonstop
flights from Orlando Sanford International Airport to San Juan and Windsor,
Ontario. And next year, we'll add nonstop routes to St. John's, Newfoundland,
with more destinations to come.
were drawn to Orlando — and to Florida — by the strong regional airport system,
the proximity to a world-class port that opened opportunities for multimodal
cargo operations, and by a mix of state and local performance-based incentives
that allowed us to invest quickly in job recruitment and growth.
planned to create 105 high-value jobs within two years. We've more than doubled
that projection, and we're still growing.
of this would have been possible without the support and investment of
Enterprise Florida, the city of Orlando and the Metro Orlando Economic
Development Commission. We have been pleasantly surprised by the strength of
economic development partnerships here, and by the pragmatic approach to
diversifying Florida's economy and industrial base.
fact, the businesslike approach of state and local governments to compete on
the global stage is one reason we had the confidence to expand into scheduled
passenger service and invest in new jobs.
see a tremendously bright future here in our new hometown. The airline industry
is producing strong business returns that will in turn attract additional
investment capital. University assets including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida
provide access to a highly trained work force.
is now the home of National Airlines. Our headquarters is here. Our pilots and
flight attendants are based here. We have become EDC investors and proudly
display the "Orlando — You Don't Know the Half of It" logo on our
That's the power of economic development. That's the power of
partnership. We're proud of the relationships we've built in Florida and look
forward to introducing even more people to our new hometown.