Kalitta Air is an FAR 121 Air Carrier specializing in moving freight worldwide. It began service in November 2000 with three Boeing 747 aircraft and the fleet has grown to a present total of sixteen B747s.
The CEO is former drag racer Connie Kalitta.
In the news
- Ypsilanti air freight company plans layoffs, Ann Arbor News, December 2008
- The Things that Carried Him, Esquire
Now, just weeks before its January 1, 2007, deadline, the Pentagon was on the phone once again. Greene was asked if Kalitta's pilots could do for every soldier killed in action what they did for Tucker and Menchaca. He said they could. He was given a statement of work and a flight estimate — "Thankfully, we have not had to fly the number of missions they anticipated," he said — and Kalitta agreed to station four of its Falcon 20's and flight crews at Dover full time. After company mechanics worked through Christmas designing and building a portable electric lift and outfitting the jet interiors with ball mats and roller strips, room for two caskets each, the pilots flew themselves into place on New Year's Eve. The next day, they were back in the air.