Interlease Avia, a subsidiary of St Petersburg's International Bank, is acquiring three of the seven whitetail Tupolev Tu-154Ms stored at the Aviakor factory in Samara for lease to an unnamed Russian airline.

Nigerian carrier Sosoliso Airlines has acquired a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 from JAT on a three-year lease-purchase.

Dutch carrier Martinair will take delivery of two new International Aero Engines V2500-powered Airbus A320s in March on lease from Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise.

Malaysia Airlines will receive three ex-Delsey Airlines Airbus A330-200s on three-year leases in February from International Lease Finance.

Air New Zealand has added an Air Malta Boeing 737-300 on short-term wet lease to cover for a shortfall after an engine failure grounded one of its 767-200s until April.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will take two Boeing MD-83s in March and April on lease from SAS.

US start-up Viva Airlines has signed a letter of intent for three 727-200s, which will be converted to the Super 27 configuration in 2004.

Source: Flight International