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AVE-2004-10 - STATUS
AVE-CONNECTIONS - BELGIUM
AVE-CONNECTIONS - UK
AVE-CONTACTS - ZIMBABWE
Formed in 1993. Scheduled and charter, international, cargo, jet airplane services.
Main European Base:
Liege Airport - Zone Cargo Nord
Rue St Exupery 22/6
Tel: +32 4 225 5135
Fax: +32 4 225 5107
Units 6 & 7
Minton Distribution Park
Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7RT
Tel: +44 1980 676010
Fax: +44 1980 662634
191 Enterprise Road
Cnr Drew Road, Chisipite
Tel: +263 4 497 208
Tel: +263 4 497 269
Fax: +263 4 497 136
THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1965, COVERS AN AREA OF 390,759 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 13 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS HARARE, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.
October 2004: Avient (AVE) which has offices in France, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe, has purchased a DC-10-30F (47907, Z-ARL), from Omega Air (OMG) to operate new scheduled services from Vatry (near Paris) to points in Africa, incl Accra & Lome (weekly), Entebbe, Lagos, & Nairobi (3/week), and Brazzaville & Libreville (2/week).
(AVE) has been providing non-scheduled cargo services to Africa for a number of years using a combination of DC-8F's, L-1011 Tristars, & IL-76 cargo transports wet-leased from 3rd parties.
The Ilyushin IL-76 cargo transporter was used for Avient's (AVE)'s Special Project activities in an on-going contract with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE) a company specialist operating in the southern ice cap region since 2000. (AVE) annually operated an IL-76 from Punta Arenas in Chile into the Union Glacier, close to Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica. This airplane assisted in the movement of cargo and passengers, for expeditions, adventurers, mountaineers and visitors to the region.
The IL-76 airplane operated into a specially prepared ice runway, which was carefully maintained and prepared each year prior to the start of the season. Avient (AVE) worked closely with Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions to build a safe operation to one of the most hostile environments on the earth.
October 2005: After operating for almost a year with just titles, Avient Airlines (AVE) recently added a logo on the tail of its DC-10-30F freighter (see photo link).
June 2006: Gemini Air Cargo (GMN)'s existing contract (since December 2005) with Avient (AVE) for a wet-leased DC-10-30F, has been extended to October 2006.
July 2006: Avient Solutions will supply its new inventory management system, SmartCargo to Avient (AVE), an unaffiliated freight carrier operating from the UK and France on routes to Africa.
August 2006: DC-10-30F (46590, Z-AVT), ex-(N401JR), delivery.
November 2006: Main Base: Harare International airport, Zimbabwe.
An airline from Harare that has been linked to war crimes is among 19 applicants seeking licenses from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). The (KCAA) has called for a public hearing to review over 19 applications for either new or variation of existing air licenses to be held at the East African School of Aviation in Embakasi. It brings together local and international applicants. Most of the applicants are applying for charter services to the Coastal region targeting the high tourism season for tourists.
Among the international applicants is Avient Aviation (AVE) of Zimbabwe, who want to fly non-scheduled cargo air services from Nairobi to Europe and Dubai, without traffic rights from Harare to Nairobi. According to the "Sunday Times" of London, officials of the airline are likely to be charged in Britain, following complaints of their activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) conflict, which ended in 2003 with three million people dead. The "Sunday Times" said in a September 10 story that although (AVE)’s aviation role was supposed to be logistical, it turned out that the firm was known to participate in bombing raids. The newspaper quoted a Mr Graham Pelham, who was working for (AVE) as the (DRC) Country Manager, as saying that (AVE) was providing crew (FC) for airplanes involved in military activities, including Antonovs and MI – 24 attack helicopter gunships. Pelham was then working for Mr Andrew Smith, a former British army officer, the owner of (AVE). Instead, he was put in charge of helicopter gunship and civil airplanes, that had been converted to drop bombs and were being flown by (AVE) crews (FC). (AVE) was providing crews (FC) for airplanes involved in military activities including Antonovs and an M1-24 attack helicopter gunship. "Bombs were being dropped from high altitude and there was no accuracy in it. It was blanket bombing," he said.
November 2009: ACCDT: An Avient Aviation (AVE) MD-11F (PW4458)(457-48408, /91 Z-BAV) crashed on November 28 soon after takeoff from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, killing three USA Flight Crew (FC) members and injuring four others including an American, an Indonesian and a Zimbabwe citizen.
The MD-11F bound for Kyrgystan, caught fire shortly after taking off, according to China's state-run media. The government said the plane was registered with Avient Aviation (AVE), based in Zimbabwe.
February 2010: MD-11F (48410, N575SH - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "AVE-MD-11F-2010-01"), ex-Korean Airlines (KAL), (AWAS) (AWW) leased to replace MD-11F (48408, Z-BAV), destroyed in accident in November 2009.
(IATA) Code: Z3 - 757. (ICAO) Code: SMJ (Callsign - AVAVIA).
Main base: Paris Vatry airport (XCR).
Hub: Harare airport (HRP), Zimbabwe.
July 2011: Avient Aviation ((IATA) Code: Z3, based at Harare International airport (HRE)) (AVE) has applied for a Belgian air operator certificate (AOC) and is planning to increase its cargo services from Europe once it has received it. Avient (AVE) currently has two long-haul freighters, a DC-10-30F and MD-11F, based in Liège.
October 2012: Avient (AVE) will now operate a scheduled service into The Caspian region with the first flight departing on the 1st October.
Destinations include Aktau, Ashgabat, Atyrau, Dushanbe, Turkmenbashi, and Uralsk.
For more information, contact the Avient Sales Team: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 1980 676010, and view:
READ THE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" REVIEW OF AVIENT BY GEOFF JONES: "AVE-2012-10 - A/B/C/D/E/F/G."
April 2013: Avient Aviation ((IATA Code: Z3, based at Harare International airport (HRE), Zimbabwe) (AVE) is set to continue operations despite its sales arm, Avient Ltd, going into administration following crippling losses. According to transport publication, "Loadstar," the new sales wing, to be called AV Cargo Airlines (based at London Gatwick airport (LGW)), has been “approved by its administrators, Portland Business Recovery, to operate existing commitments on behalf of Avient Ltd.” AV Cargo Airlines has already obtained funding and has secured new airplanes. The first of a possible three MD-11F airplanes (48746, ex-(N278WA)) is set to enter active service shortly, with a second scheduled for delivery in May. Avient (AVE), Zimbabwe’s only registered all-cargo operator, specialized in the Europe - Africa market with scheduled services offered from its hubs in Liège Bierset (LGG) and Dubai International (DXB) to Lagos Murtala Muhammad (LOS), Bamako Sénou International (BKO), Ouagadougou (OUA), Pointe Noire (PNR), Brazzaville Maya Maya (BZV), Port Harcourt Omagwa (PHC), Freetown Lungi International (FNA), Khartoum (KRT) and Entebbe/Kampala International (EBB) airports.
July 2013: Avient Aviation ((IATA) Code: Z3, based at Harare International) (AVE) continues to operate cargo flights to various destinations in Africa from its European cargo hub at Liège. The flights are operated under contract to AV Cargo which now acts as Avient Aviation's worldwide general sales agent. AV Cargo replaced the previous General Sales Agent (GSA), Avient Limited, which is now in administration. Avient Aviation operates two MD-11F freighters (48410, Z-BVT) (currently in Zurich for maintenance) and (48746, Z-BAM). It is expecting to introduce another third MD-11F cargo airplane shortly.
Avient Aviation (AVE) has applied for a Belgian air operator certificate (AOC) and is planning to increase its cargo services from Europe once it has received it. (AVE) currently has two long-haul freighters, a DC-10-30F and MD-11F, based in Liège.
(AVE) currently serves 2 countries, 2 destinations, and 11 routes.
August 2013: Zimbabwean-registered Avient (AVE) entered administration on April 5th although the operating arm of the company continues flying between Africa and Europe as AV Cargo Airlines (AVB), using a former World Airways (WLD) McDonnell Douglas MD-11F (487436, Z-BAM "Liege Lady"). The Avient (AVE) DC-10-30F (47818, Z-ALT) continues flying under the AV Cargo name to Lagos, Bamako, Ouagadoudgou, Pointe Noire, Port Harcourt, Freetown, and Entebbe during the transition period. A second MD-11F is expected to join the fleet this year, with the former Avient MD-11BCF (48410, Z-BVT) awaiting overhaul by SR Technics (SWS) at Zurich.
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AVE-DC-10 - 2005-10
AVE-DC-10-30F - 2005-04
AVE-MD-11F - 2010-01
1 737-229C (JT8D-15A) (401-20915, /75 5Y-JAP), DELTA CONNECTION (NAIROBI, KENYA) WET-LSD. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-8-62AF (JT3D-3B HK) (555-46142, /72 Z-ALB), EX-(TR-LIC), SIERRA NATIONAL AIRLINES LSD 2008-05, EX-UNITED ARABIAN COLORS. RTND. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (266-46590, /78 Z-AVT), 2006-08. STORED AT JAKARTA, INDONESIA. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (157-47907, /74 Z-ARL), EX-(OMG), (GMN) WET-LSD UNTIL 2006-10. STORED AT KARACHI, PAKISTAN. FREIGHTER.
1 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (254-46976 /78 Z-ALS, 2008-01; 305-47818, /79 Z-ALT, 2006-09), 46976; SCRAPPED IN 2010. FREIGHTER.
0 MD-11F (PW4458) (457-48408, /91 Z-BAV - - CRASHED 2009-11, SEE ATTACHED "NY TIMES" REPORT - - "AVE-ACCDT-2009-11"), EX-(KAL), (AWW) LSD. FREIGHTER.
1 MD-11F (PW4460) (495-48410, /92 Z-BVT - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "AVE-MD-11F-2010-01"), EX-(KAL), EX-(N575SH), (AWW) LSD 2010-02. FREIGHTER.
1 +2 ORDERS MD-11F (PW4462) (597-48746, /91 Z-BAM), EX-(N278WA), 2013-04. FREIGHTER.
1 F27-500F, TRANSAFICAINE AIR CARGO LSD. FREIGHTER.
1 B AE JETSTREAM 31.
0 IL-76T (D-30KP) (073410279, /77 Z-WTV), EX-(ARO), WFU AT FUJAIRAH. FREIGHTER.
ANDREW SMITH, CHAIRMAN & OWNER (UK).
SIMON CLARKE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (LIEGE (LGG), BELGIUM).
MARCUS MANNING, GROUP FINANCIAL DIRECTOR (UK).
GRAHAM PELHAM, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) COUNTRY MANAGER.
MS SAMANTHA SMITH, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR (UK).
MS LIZ WOOLMINGTON, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR (UK).
LEWIS KLING, DIRECTOR (HARARE, ZIMBABWE).
TONY ATKINSON, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS.
TIM CEHA, LIEGE AIRPORT (LGG) HUB MANAGER.
CHRIS VAN STRYDONCK, QUALITY & SAFETY MANAGER (LGG).
STEPHEN INGRAM, QUALITY & SAFETY MANAGER (HARARE, ZIMBABWE).
PATRICK ARCHAMBEAU, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO).
CHRIS HOBBS, QUALITY & SAFETY TEAM (HARARE, ZIMBABWE).