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Kalitta Air to add two Boeing 767-300 freighters as the pilots authorized a strike

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Kalitta Air (2nd) (Ypsilanti) is planning to add two Boeing 767-300F freighters according to Cargo Facts. The company has been a Boeing 747 operator. However this decision may be impacted by a strike vote by its pilots.

On December 9 the International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued this statement:

Pilots employed by Kalitta Air, LLC, have voted overwhelmingly, 213-7, to authorize a strike against the Ypsilanti, Michigan-based cargo airline.

Kalitta Air operates a fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft in support of the global network of DHL Express, a division of the German logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL. Ninety-two percent of eligible pilots voted in the referendum. Ninety-seven percent of voting pilots voted to authorize a strike. The pilot group is represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division, Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224.

“The pilots of Kalitta Air have sent a strong message to the airline’s management and their customers, including DHL, and potential customers,” said Scott Nelson, the elected chairman of the APA Teamsters Local 1224 Kalitta Air Executive Council. “Our members are prepared to strike over management delay tactics, violations of federal law, mistreatment of pilots and their continuing refusal to agree to a significantly-improved labor contract.”

Negotiations between the union and management started in October 2010. The company delayed responding to union wage and benefit proposals for more than two-and-half years. On Oct. 30, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued an injunction against the carrier for violating federal labor laws. Union communications have complained about persistent unprofessional conduct by managers and expressed alarm over the number of pilots that are considering leaving Kalitta Air for other airlines.

ABX Air, Inc., Atlas Air, Inc. and Southern Air, Inc. also perform flight operations in support of the DHL Express global network. Following the announcement of the strike authorization vote, union leadership at those carriers pledged to support the Kalitta pilots in the event of a strike.

“Gone are the days when pilots viewed one another as competitors in a race to the bottom that benefits our employers at the expense of our own paychecks and profession,” said Daniel C. Wells, president of APA Teamsters Local 1224. “Carriers like Kalitta need to make major improvements to pilot pay, benefits and working conditions if they are to retain and attract quality pilots and ultimately survive the worsening pilot shortage. This is true for all of the carriers where Local 1224 represents pilots. Status quo violations and uncompetitive pay and benefits will produce strikes and disruptions of customer networks, not labor peace and stability.”

Contract negotiations are currently subject to mediation efforts by the National Mediation Board, the federal agency that oversees labor relations in the airline and railroad industries.

“Kalitta pilots want to be treated with professional respect and work under a labor contract that is comparable to those of our peers at other airlines,” Nelson said. “Unfortunately, management seems stuck in the past and continues to insist on substandard terms and conditions of employment as a better course of action. They need to change course before it’s too late.”

The union has several initiatives planned for early 2016 aimed at publicizing the escalating labor dispute with Kalitta Air.

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Kalitta Air adds its first new Boeing 747-400

Kalitta Air (2nd) (Ypsilanti) has closed on the purchase of a new Boeing 747-400ERF aircraft in order to continue and expand its international cargo operations. Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, NA served as owner trustee and seller. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The aircraft (747-4HQF ER N798BA, msn 37304) has been in storage at Everett (Paine Field) since July 31, 2009.

N798BA had not previously been flown in revenue, marked the first purchase of a new aircraft by Kalitta Air in its history. The new aircraft is expected to be placed in service by December 15, 2011.

Kalitta Air’s consultant for aircraft acquisitions, SK&Y Associates of Tokyo Japan, assisted in the purchase. Legal representation was led by Kelsey Law Group.

According to the airline, “Kalitta Air is a United States airline based out of Willow Run Airport in Michigan, USA. The new aircraft represents the 22nd aircraft in the Kalitta Air fleet consisting of seven (7) Boeing 747-400F and fifteen (15) Boeing 747-200F aircraft. Kalitta Air represents an international base of customers (including the United States Government and DHL) major international airfreight forwarders and agents, and provides scheduled air cargo and charter services worldwide.”

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Sister ship N741CK is seen at Washington (Dulles). Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Kalitta Air acquires the 12 ex-Northwest Boeing 747-200Fs from Delta

Kalitta Air (2nd) (Ypsilanti) has acquired the retired fleet of 12 ex-Northwest Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-200F freighters from Delta Air Lines.

Copyright Photo: Roy Lock. Boeing 747-222B (SF) N645NW (msn 23736) of Northwest Airlines taxies to the cargo parking spot at Los Angeles before the merger.