Australian charter start-up Sky Air World is poised to become Australia's first Embraer regional jet operator. The carrier is in the final stages of consummating a deal with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) for the lease of two Embraer 170s and two 190s, writes Leithen Francis in Singapore.

Sky Air World plans to launch operations in May with oneE-170 on operating lease, says chief executive David Charlton, with three additional E-Jets to follow.

He adds that the airline's principal investor "is in the UK", and along with other smaller investors he has raised enough capital to fund operations for "a number of years".

Sky Air World will be based in Brisbane and will do charter work for the Australian military, mining companies, tourism operators as well as wet-leases for other carriers, particularly airlines in the South Pacific, says Charlton.

Source: Flight International