Flight Airlines – known as Polet to many – is in big trouble. One of its large Antonov AN-124 airlifters was seized on RAF Brize Norton this week. Flight’s owner Russian entrepreneur Alexander Lebedev apparently hasn’t payed the bills for the lease of the aircraft since he began operations in May 2013, according to Russian press agengy Interfax.
A second AN-124 Ruslan suffered a similar faith on Moscow Zhukovsky. The actions in Britain and Russia were taken after a Moscow court ruled the aircraft to be grounded until the lease company and Lebedev would have settled their differences.
As far as we know Flight operates another two AN-124s, two AN-148, three IL-96s, five SAAB 2000s and five SAAB 340s. The whereabouts of those aircraft are not known to us at this time.
Source: Interfax / Flight (Polet)