Royal Air Freight

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Royal Air Freight
Royal Air Freight Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsOakland County International Airport
Fleet size22
HeadquartersWaterford, Michigan, USA
Key peopleKirt Kostich

Royal Air Freight (also known as Royal Air Charter) is an American passenger and cargo airline based in Waterford, Michigan, adjacent to the Oakland County International Airport. The airline is licensed and certified to serve the US, Canada and Mexico with charter passenger and air cargo services.[1]

Its main base is Oakland County International Airport located 6 miles west of Pontiac, Michigan.


The airline started operations in 1961 and has 30 pilots.[2] Kirt Kostich serves as president of Royal Air Freight Inc., and members of the Kostich family serve as the firm’s officers.[3]


The airlines fleet includes the following aircraft, among others (as of January 8, 2010)[4]


The airline has had some accidents and safety issues including:

  • The pilot and co-pilot of a Royal Air Freight Learjet 35 A (registration N720RA) were killed when it crashed while attempting its final approach to land at Chicago Executive Airport on January 5, 2010. The FAA is still investigating the incident.[5] The plane was not carrying cargo at the time and was heading to the airport to pick up cargo.[6]
  • 2014 crash short of runway at home base PTK. Fatal for sole occupant pilot. NTSB report recently released. [7]

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