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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Which Air Carriers Traffic Arms in Africa? CIT-MAP Database Can Tell You

This analysis of air Cargo Carriers by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute is useful in tracking the movement of the owership of Arms Cargo carriers.

As theses cargo companies get sanctioned or fined or closed down, they simply move the assets (Planes) into another company and open up for business again.

-Shimron Issachar


Of the 172 air cargo carriers that have been listed in European Commission (EC) air safety regulations which ban them from entering EU airspace between March 2006 and June 2008, or targeted as a result of EC-led technical inspection missions,


  • 80 have been named in a UN or other arms trafficking-related report,
  • 85 have supplied, owned, leased or acquired aircraft to or from a company named in a UN or other arms trafficking-related report and
  • 109 fall into one or other category.

This CIT-MAP database provides background information on these 109 air cargo carriers. In each case, information is provided on the following:

  • The relevant EC regulation and the restrictions that it imposes
  • Whether or not the carrier's air operation certificate (AOC) has been withdrawn or revoked
  • At least one of the UN or other arms trafficking-related reports naming the carrier
  • At least one of the assets which have been supplied, owned, leased or acquired aircraft to or from a company named in a UN or other arms trafficking-related report.

Please note that not all of the UN or other arms trafficking reports naming the carrier have necessarily been included. Nor have all of the assets which have been supplied, owned, leased or acquired aircraft to or from a company named in a UN or other arms trafficking-related report.

Disclaimer: The CIT-MAP air cargo carrier database catalogs those air cargo companies that have been listed in European Community air safety regulations as banned from entering European Union airspace and those air cargo companies that have been identified in a UN Security Council or other arms trafficking-related reports.

The database draws on information in open-source reports produced by the European Commission, UN Security Council and other organizations. The content of these reports is the responsibility of those organizations.

Company1

  • Stateregistration
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Aerolift
    Sierra Leone
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Aeronord Group
    Moldova
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Aeroportul International Marculesti
    Moldova
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • African Business and Transportations (See Business Aviation of Congo)
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • African Company Airlines
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
  • African International Airways
    Swaziland
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
  • Aigle Aviation
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
  • Air Bas
    Equatorial Guinea
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Air Koryo
    North Korea
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Air Leone Ltd
    Sierra Leone
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Air Navette
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Air Rossiya
    Russia
    No
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Air Scorpio (See Skorpion Air)
    Bulgaria
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Air Sofia (AKA United International Airlines)
    Bulgaria
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Air Tomisko
    Serbia
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Air Tropiques
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Air West
    Sudan
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Albatross Avia (See Volare)

Ukraine
Named in arms trafficking-related report2
Assets transferred to or from named companies3

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Butembo Airlines
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
  • Cargo Plus Aviation
    Equatorial Guinea
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • CESS
    Equatorial Guinea
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Jet Line International
    Moldova
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Jetline Inc
    Equatorial Guinea
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Johnson's Air
    Ghana
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Kivu Air
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
  • KNG Transavia Cargo
    Equatorial Guinea
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Kosmas Air
    Serbia
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2

  • Malu Aviation
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Mango Mat
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Occidental Airlines
    Liberia
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
  • Okapi Airlines
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
  • Pecotox Air
    Moldova
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Phoenix Aviation
    Kyrgyzstan
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Reem Air
    Kyrgyzstan
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Russian Sky
    Russia
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Safe Air Company
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Santa Cruz Imperial / Santa Cruise
    Liberia
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2

Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Scibe Airlift
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Services Air
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • -Space Cargo Inc
    Equatorial Guinea
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

    Sun Light
    Kyrgyzstan
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Tenir Airlines
    Kyrgyzstan
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Tiramavia
    Moldova
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Tracep
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Trans Service Airlift
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Trast Aero
    Kyrgyzstan
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Uhuru Airlines
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Ukraine Cargo Airways
    Ukraine
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • UTair
    Russia
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Vega Airlines
    Bulgaria
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Victoria Air
    Equatorial Guinea
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3
  • Volare (AKA Albatross Avia)
    Ukraine
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Volga Atlantic Airlines
    Swaziland
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

  • Waltair Aviation
    DRC
    Named in arms trafficking-related report2
    Assets transferred to or from named companies3

Named in arms trafficking-related report2
Assets transferred to or from named companies3

Footnotes:

  • 1 Every effort has been made to verify the exact identity of the air carriers included in this database.
  • In certain cases, two different air cargo carriers registered in two different countries are actually the same entity. Such information is presented within parenthesis ( ).
  • In certain cases, air cargo carriers carry the same name as other carriers operating good faith. In such cases, additional information is presented in brackets [ ].
  • In certain cases, a single carrier may operate under several different aliases. In such cases, these aliases have been given, separated by a slash /

.2 The 172 air cargo carriers that have been listed in EC air safety regulations between March 2006 and June 2008, or targeted as a result of EC-led technical inspection missions, were analysed on the basis of whether or not their name had appeared in a UN or other arms trafficking-related report published between 1998 and 2008. This indicator was used to determine what proportion of the air cargo operators banned from EU air space on grounds of air safety are suspected of being involved in destabilizing arms transfers.

3 The 172 air cargo carriers that have been listed in EC air safety regulations between March 2006 and June 2008, or targeted as a result of EC-led technical inspection missions, were analysed on the basis of their asset operating history (AOH) to determine whether they had supplied, owned, leased or acquired aircraft to or from a company named in a UN or other arms trafficking-related report published between 1998 and 2008. This indicator was used to determine what proportion of the air cargo carriers banned from EU air space on grounds of air safety have conducted one or more business transaction with an air carrier suspected of being involved in destabilizing arms transfers.

Original Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Instiute

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