SAAB 340 Russian passenger and freight operator Polet is nearing a deal to acquire up to 35 Saab 340 turboprops from a US-based operator - believed to be American Eagle - through a division of Russia's Vneshtorgbank (VTB). "We want to sign a final agreement shortly and begin taking delivery ahead of the next summer season in April 2010," says Polet owner Anatoly Karpov. Talks between the airline and VTB about a five-year lease are advanced, he adds.

Source: Flight International