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Interview: Why "America's newest airline" never got off the ground

The Baltia 747 at Willow Run Airport in 2014.
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The Baltia 747 at Willow Run Airport in 2014.

It’s not the kind of aircraft you typically associate with Willow Run Airport.

Instead of the two seater plane or small charter jets, a Boeing 747 was parked there until last year.

It belonged to Baltia Airlines – the world’s oldest start-up airline – and it’s never taken a single passenger anywhere. The company once labeled itself as "America's newest airline."

Michigan Radio web producer Menachem Kaiser brought Stateside this bizarre story. Hear our conversation with him above.

For Kaiser’s full investigative report, click here.

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