Kalitta Charters began flying special missions for the U.S. Government in the mid-1980s. As word of the initial flights began to circulate throughout U.S. Government agencies, the company experienced rapid growth in dealing with government affairs.
Kalitta Charters has flown for every U.S. Cabinet Level Agency. We are currently certified to fly for the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of Energy (DoE) and Department of Homeland Security. In addition, Kalitta has been called upon to serve the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. There are many subcategories of Cabinet Level Agencies and Kalitta has flown for nearly all of them, to nearly every part of the globe.
Kalitta maintains current contracts with the DoD, DoJ and DoE. We also maintain teaming partner arrangements with prime contractors for the Department of Homeland Security, the Veteran’s Administration and NASA.
The customer base for Kalitta Charter’s Government Affairs division includes:
- Presidential Campaign Manager (Long-term wet lease Learjet)
- DEA Officials
- FBI Officials
- U.S. Marshals
- U.S. Military Officials
- Missiles and components
- Robot for New Zealand mine rescue
- Weather station for NASA
- Aircraft engines and components
- American Red Cross supplies
- All major hurricanes since 1986
- Haiti earthquake
- Mexico earthquake
- World Trade Center, September 11, 2001
- Iraq & Afghanistan war casualties
Kalitta Charters was a major contributor to the U.S. Government even prior to receiving the GSA Contract (Schedule 599-4, “Travel Services Solutions”, Aircraft Owner/Operator). Kalitta Charter’s versatility in responding to U.S. Government requests for quotations and requests for information is the number one reason for our inclusion in most solicitations. Kalitta’s vast experience in government affairs is widely appreciated in government circles, and our expert staff is typically consulted for ideas and comments on potential government requirements.
We have the ability to configure aircraft to specific mission requirements. Many of those aircraft are operating daily for the U.S. Government and, more importantly, for the people of the United States.
Point of Contact
Steven M. Greene
Director of Sales & Marketing/Government Affairs
- FAA-Licensed Pilot – 1981
- NOAA Certified Surface Weather Observer – 1986
- FAA Certified 121 Dispatcher – 1988
- Licensed Locomotive Operator (Oak Ridge K25 Nuclear Industrial Complex) – 1996
- National Association of Government Contractors – 2005
- NASA Space Science Symposium – 2006
- National Defense Transportation Association – 2006
- Airlift / Tanker Association (Corporate Member) – 2009
United States Department of Defense
The Kalitta name is iconic in aviation history, but one aspect of our work – of which we are extremely proud – is less well-known: our service for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
Connie Kalitta Services began flying missions for the DoD in 1988. In 1992, Conrad ‘Connie’ Kalitta stood opposite President George H.W. Bush in the Oval Office of the White House to receive a Meritorious Service award on behalf of the people of the United States and all coalition partners. The award was in recognition of services rendered by his company in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The Kalitta Companies split in 2001 and Connie Kalitta Services became Kalitta Air. After Doug Kalitta (Connie’s nephew) acquired Kalitta Charters in 2002, he committed to the pursuit of DoD approval for flight operations in all categories, including passenger, cargo and air ambulance.
How did we do it?
The path to DoD approval for civilian aircraft operators is the most challenging road taken within the civil airline industry. The quality and safety standards are the most stringent in aviation history. They are not flexible, and they must be maintained through periodic DoD inspections. After years of hard work in organizational structuring, internal quality and safety auditing programs, and developing and fine-tuning our training standards for all departments, Kalitta Charters was granted approval by the Civil Aircraft Review Board (CARB) of the United States Air Mobility Command to conduct flight operations for the U.S. Department of Defense in 2005. It would prove to be a monumental decision for both the CARB and Kalitta Charters.
In early 2006, Kalitta Charters representatives met with contracting officers from the USAF Air Mobility Command for a briefing on company capabilities with respect to particular aircraft types owned and operated by Kalitta Charters. The capabilities in all categories (passenger, cargo and air ambulance) were discussed. As a result of that meeting, Kalitta Charters has flown and continues to fly missions for the DoD on a daily basis in all categories of operations.
Kalitta Charters’ aircraft are subject to spot inspections called ‘DoD Commercial Air Carrier Evaluations’, in which DoD inspectors with the proper documents may demand immediate access to the flight deck to evaluate Kalitta’s flight operations. These are critiqued based on DoD standards, and a report is issued to Kalitta management and to the CARB office at Scott Air Force Base, IL. Kalitta has passed all DoD evaluation flights with – dare we say it – flying colors.
How are we doing?
Since receiving our initial DoD contract in December 2006, Kalitta Charters has been evaluated annually on the DoD’s Contractor Performance Rating System (CPARS). The CPARS evaluations from 2008, 2009 and 2010 have listed Kalitta Charters as exceptional in all areas of evaluation.
The initial meeting at Kalitta Charters to determine our commitment to the enormous challenge of gaining DoD approval took place on November 6, 2002. The challenge was accepted unanimously. It was indeed the strongest challenge in the history of the company and subsequently the proudest achievement in Kalitta Charters’ history. Since receiving our approval in 2005, Kalitta Charters has flown thousands of missions for the DoD. Our 98.7% dispatch reliability rating is second to none as a DoD contractor.
The DoD approval awarded to Kalitta Charters was the hardest certification we have ever attempted to secure. As a company committed to doing our very best to provide safe and reliable on-demand air transportation services to all branches of U.S. Military Services, we continue to work even harder to maintain and improve upon those levels of service. It is extremely hard work, but then again – nothing worthwhile is ever easy.
For decades, Kalitta Flying Service – the original Kalitta company – was an approved air carrier of the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). When the Kalitta Group diversified, Kalitta Charters, Kalitta Charters II and Kalitta Air all maintained their approved status with the DoJ.
The Kalitta Companies currently utilize all of our aircraft types for the DoJ; Learjets, Falcons, DC-9s, B727s and B747s. Configurations include passenger, all cargo, air ambulance and aircraft that are specially retrofitted for unique mission requirements. Additionally, Kalitta maintains dedicated backup aircraft as required to ensure mission integrity.
All of our aircraft are available for scheduled, ad-hoc and emergency airlift for the DoJ. Emergency airlift missions can be airborne in as little as 60 minutes from notification. Kalitta Charters II has provided support for the DoJ with its aircraft over the past 4 years and has maintained a dispatch reliability of 100% for these missions.
In addition, the Kalitta Companies are periodically audited by the DoJ to ensure compliance with strict operating and readiness guidelines. Within the U.S. Department of Justice, the Kalitta Companies operate aircraft for virtually all branches of the U.S. Department of Justice.
While the bulk of our work for the DoJ must remain confidential, qualified agencies are welcomed to contact us to see how we can help meet the needs of your specific requirements. We can provide information about our capabilities and experience to appropriate representatives for the DoJ.
Kalitta Charters maintains current contracts with the U.S Department of Energy (DoE).
The primary function of these contracts is to provide emergency airlift for DoE Emergency Response Teams (ERT) in the event of a nuclear incident or accident within the continental United States or near-offshore locations. Kalitta Charters is the DoE’s first source for the movement of mission-critical cargo to support the ERTs.
In order to operate as an air carrier for DoE critical missions, whether flying passenger or cargo-configured aircraft, Kalitta Charters must meet a strict set of DoE guidelines. DoE audits are conducted at Kalitta Charter facilities to ensure compliance and readiness in the event that emergency airlift is needed.
In addition to ERT obligations for the DoE, Kalitta Charters is also the first source for ad-hoc air charters for passengers and cargo at several facilities.
Kalitta Charters received their GSA Schedule Contract under 599-4 ‘Travel Services Solutions’ in January 2010. The U.S. Government customer base now includes numerous U.S. Government Cabinet Level Agencies and their subsidiaries. GSA flights to-date include all Kalitta flight categories: cargo, passenger, and air ambulance.
U.S. General Services Administration
‘Multiple Award Schedule’
GSA Contract No: GS33F0028W
(Awarded January 13, 2010)
Central Contractor Registry Cage Code: 3CV79
D&B No: 102670879
GSA Schedule 599-4: ‘Travel Services Solutions’
GSA Schedule 599-1000: ‘Travel Services Solutions’
(Contract Support Items)
- 481211: Non-scheduled Passenger Air Charter
- 481212: Non-scheduled Cargo Air Charter
- 621910: Air Ambulance Operations