Category Archives: Kalitta Air (2nd)

Photo: Kalitta Air (2nd) Boeing 747-4KZF N403KZ (msn 34018) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955305.

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2021

New 2021 livery for Kalitta Air.

Copyright Photo: Kalitta Air (2nd) Boeing 747-4KZF N403KZ (msn 34018) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955305.

Kalitta Air revises its livery

Kalitta Air has revised its livery. The first aircraft to wear the revised livery is the pictured Boeing 747-4KZF N403KZ (msn 34018). The company made this announcement on social media:

Introducing Kalitta Air’s new paint scheme on our 747-400F! A beautiful day for a beautiful plane. Very proud to see this project come to fruition.

Photo: Kalitta Air.

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Kalitta Air to lease three 777-300ER SF aircraft

GECAS Cargo announced an agreement with Kalitta Air for three Boeing 777-300ERSF aircraft. With this agreement, Kalitta will be the first operator of the new passenger-to-freighter type, adding to their already sizable all-cargo fleet when these aircraft deliver in 2023.

Dubbed “The Big Twin,” the 777-300ERSF will be the largest ever twin-engine freighter. As announced a year ago, the conversion program is jointly funded by GECAS and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), with GECAS delivering the prototype aircraft to undergo conversion in June of this year. Setting a new benchmark for cargo operators, The Big Twin will be powered by GE90 engines, the world’s most powerful in-service engine.

With twenty years of providing scheduled and on-demand charter service in the United States and around the world, Kalitta Air currently operates a fleet of more than three dozen cargo planes, including 747-400F, 767-300SF and 777F.

“Providing air express delivery all around the world for virtually any type of freight, the addition of these three 777-300ERSF freighters will help us meet the needs of our customers,” shared Conrad Kalitta, owner of Kalitta Air.

“We are delighted to continue our 15-year relationship with Kalitta Air and proud they’ve become the launch customer with the 777-300ERSF freighter for its future air cargo operations,” said Rich Greener, SVP and Manager Cargo of GECAS, adding “The 777-300ERSF shares extensive commonality with the production 777-200LRF. That’s a benefit to any operator looking to bring a new type into their fleet.”

The Big Twin will also offer 25% more capacity and it is anticipated that The Big Twin will achieve up to 21% lower fuel-burn per tonne than the current 4-engine freighters with the GE90. This was designed specifically for the longer-range Boeing 777 series, providing up to 115,000 lbs. of thrust. In addition to producing the sole-source engine for the 777 variants, GE Aviation will support MRO engine and power-by-the-hour services to ensure continued performance throughout the lifecycle of the converted freighters.


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.