Russia's Coral Travel mulls in-house charter operation

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Russian tour operator Coral Travel appears to be set to launch an in-house charter carrier using Western narrowbody aircraft.

To steer its aviation business project, the company last year hired Vladimir Davydov, who was director of the defunct airline Atlant-Soyuz in 2006-07.

The St Petersburg-based air transport enterprise Vyborg is expected to become a platform for the planned carrier under the auspices of Coral Travel.

Aviation authority Rosaviatsia in 2010 suspended Vyborg's operating certificate but Davydov says arrangements have been made to allow the re-branded carrier to resume services shortly.

A spokesman for Rosaviatsia says its certification committee is scheduled to make a definitive decision on the matter in mid-February.

Vyborg has a pair of Ilyushin Il-114 twin-turboprops.

Coral Travel reportedly plans to equip the carrier with several Airbus A320 aircraft and launch charter flights on cross-border routes to selected tourist destinations by the summer season.