IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsRickenbacker International Airport
Fleet size89
Parent companyKalitta Charters
HeadquartersRickenbacker International Airport
Franklin County, Ohio
Key peopleJohn Dupuy, CEO

AirNet is an American Part 135 cargo airline based in Franklin County, Ohio, USA, near Columbus.[1] It specializes in delivery of documents and small packages. Banks were once their main client, transporting checks for over 300 of the country's largest banks. With the passing of the Check 21 Act, and the increase in the usage of electronic banking, this has been greatly reduced. AirNet is now focusing on time critical documents and packages, such as those required in the scientific and medical field. The main sort facility is located at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus. In September 2008, AirNet announced that they were moving their sort facility to Chicago, reducing the number of aircraft, and redesigning their route network. Their corporate headquarters remains in Columbus.[2][3]


Financial Air Express / PDQ was founded in 1974 by Gerald Mercer in Pontiac, MI. Jet Courier was founded at about the same time by Donald Wright in Cincinnati, OH. Jet Courier changed its name to Wright International Express in January 1985. In July 1988, these two companies merged to become US Check Airlines, headed by Gerald Mercer. US Check acquired Air Continental of Norwalk, OH a year later to become a dominant player in the cancelled check transportation industry. US Check later acquired Midway Aviation of Dallas, TX, Pacific Air Charter of San Diego, CA, Express Convenience Center of Southfield, Massachusetts and Data Air Courier of Chicago, Illinois.[4]

In order to raise additional capital and further grow the company, US Check went public in 1998 to become AirNet Systems. In 2008, AirNet Systems was purchased by Bayside Capital, which had once owned the now defunct Flight Express of Orlando, FL. In August 2015 Kalitta Charters acquired AirNet.[5]


AirNet's destinations (As of January 2019):[6]

AirNet Express Destinations
City, State Airport Airport Code
Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque International Sunport ABQ/KABQ
Atlanta, Georgia DeKalb-Peachtree Airport PDK/KPDK
Atlanta, Georgia Fulton County Airport FTY/KFTY
Baltimore, Maryland Martin State Airport MTN/KMTN
Bedford, Massachusetts Hanscom Field BED/KBED
Billings, Montana Billings Logan International Airport BIL/KBIL
Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport BHM/KBHM
Boston, Massachusetts Logan International Airport BOS/KBOS
Boston, Massachusetts Lawrence Municipal Airport LWM/KLWM
Buffalo, New York Buffalo Niagara International Airport BUF/KBUF
Burbank, California Hollywood Burbank Airport BUR/KBUR
Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte/Douglas International Airport CLT/KCLT
West Chicago, Illinois DuPage Airport DPA/KDPA
Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport LUK/KLUK
Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport BKL/KBKL
Columbus, Ohio Rickenbacker International Airport LCK/KLCK Hub
Addison, Texas Addison Airport ADS/KADS
Denver, Colorado Centennial Airport APA/KAPA
Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines International Airport DSM/KDSM
Detroit-Ypsilanti, Michigan Willow Run Airport YIP/KYIP
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport FXE/KFXE
Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Wayne International Airport FWA/KFWA
Hartford-Windsor Locks, Connecticut Bradley International Airport BDL/KBDL
Helena, Montana Helena Regional Airport HLN/KHLN
Houston, Texas William P. Hobby Airport HOU/KHOU
Jacksonville, Florida Executive at Craig Airport CRG/KCRG
Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville International Airport JAX/KJAX
Kansas City, Missouri Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport MKC/KMKC
Memphis, Tennessee Memphis International Airport MEM/KMEM
Miami, Florida Opa-Locka Airport OPF/KOPF
Milwaukee, Wisconsin General Mitchell International Airport MKE/KMKE
New Orleans, Louisiana Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport MSY/KMSY
Omaha, Nebraska Eppley Airfield OMA/KOMA
Orlando, Florida Orlando Executive Airport ORL/KORL
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Greater Pittsburgh International Airport PIT/KPIT
Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport PHX/KPHX
Portland, Oregon Hillsboro Airport HIO/KHIO
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Raleigh–Durham International Airport RDU/KRDU
Richmond, Virginia Richmond International Airport RIC/KRIC
Rochester, Minnesota Rochester International Airport RST/KRST
Saint Louis, Missouri St. Louis Downtown Airport CPS/KCPS
Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Downtown Airport STP/KSTP
Seattle, Washington Boeing Field BFI/KBFI
South Bend, Indiana South Bend Regional Airport SBN/KSBN
Tampa, Florida Tampa International Airport TPA/KTPA
Teterboro, New Jersey Teterboro Airport TEB/KTEB
Washington D.C. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport DCA/KDCA
Washington D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport IAD/KIAD


The Airnet Express fleet consists of the following aircraft (As of May 2012):[7]

AirNet Express Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Bombardier Learjet 35 06
Bombardier Learjet 35A 18
Cessna 208 16
Beechcraft Baron BE-58 39
Piper PA-31 Navajo 16


An AirNet Beechcraft Baron was lost in a crash on 8 January 2022 near Defiance, Missouri, killing the two occupants. The plane had been traveling to Centennial Airport in Colorado.[8]



  1. ^ "Contact Archived 2010-10-29 at the Wayback Machine." AirNet. Retrieved on February 12, 2011. "Corporate Office: AirNet Systems, Inc. 7250 Star Check Drive Columbus, OH 43217."
  2. ^ "Airnet | AirNet Systems Redesigns Network for Growth" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  3. ^ Columbus Business First | AirNet moving hub to Chicago
  4. ^ "Airnet Express". Airline History. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  5. ^ "AirNet, Kalitta Charters combine assets". 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  6. ^ "AirNet Locations List". AirNet Express. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26.
  7. ^ "FAA | Registry results". Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  8. ^ "Accident Beechcraft 58 Baron N585CK, 08 Jan 2022".