Kalitta Services Pilot Wing 2nd Issue
Ypsilanti, Michigan 1972-Current
In 1967 Conrad "Connie" Kalitta began a business carrying car parts using a twin engine Cessna 310 that he piloted. It became American International Airways. AIA started flying in 1984 using B-747 and L1011, DC-8, Twing Beech and Learjet aircraft, for air freight, air ambulance and charter passenger operations. In 1997, AIA merged with Kitty Hawk Inc. In April 2000 Kitty Hawk International (the former AIA) ceased operations. Kalitta decided to rescue it and the new airline, Kalitta Air, began operations in November 2000, using the operating certificate and assets of the former airline.