§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many transport aircraft have been chartered and leased to operate on behalf of British armed forces(a) for ISAF and (b) as part of the operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; and from which (i) sources and (ii) countries the leased aircraft have come. 958W
§ Mr. Hoon
As at 22 April, a total of 89 aircraft have been chartered/leased in support of the International Security Assistance Force. With one exception, these were sourced through UK-based commercial aircraft brokers. 69 have been provided by various Russian airlines, nine by Ukrainian airlines and nine by a Latvian airline. An Armenian airline provided an aircraft over a period. An Iranian aircraft was sourced through a commercial company based in Germany.
64 aircraft were sourced through UK-based aircraft brokers in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 52 from a Russian and 12 from a Latvian airline.