Kalitta Charters II (K5, Detroit Willow Run) has begun flight operations for DHL Express using a first B737-800(BDSF) added under a CMI deal with the logistics operator, ch-aviation research has revealed.

N318FL (msn 28318) was ferried from Detroit Willow Run to Cincinnati International on September 24, 2022, and began operating for DHL on September 30, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows. Initially, the airline operated routes to Austin-Bergstrom International, Detroit Metropolitan, and Milwaukee General Mitchell, but recently started diversifying to other destinations.

Kalitta Charters II's second B737-800(BDSF), N325FL (msn 28325), was ferried after conversion from Tianjin via Seoul Incheon and Anchorage Ted Stevens to Detroit Willow Run over the course of October 4-5, 2022, but has yet to be deployed into service.

The cargo specialist did not disclose how many freighters it would operate for DHL. Its fleet also comprises two B727-200(F)s, four B737-300(F)s, and seven B737-400(SF), the ch-aviation fleets module shows.