According to UN reporting, Odessa Air is a Viktor Bout-owned firm based in Uganda. It was formerly known as Okapi Air and was non-operational when Viktor Bout purchased it. An Ugandan judicial commission noted that Odessa Air is one of several aviation firms that Viktor Bout registered in Uganda and the Civil Aviation Authority.
Air Cess has been identified as the flagship firm of Victor Bout’s network. Originally active in Belgium, it has had to move more than once since it first appeared in 1995 due to investigations by authorities in Belgium, Swaziland and South Africa. Air Cess is the only firm in Viktor Bout’s network that ever officially listed him as its head. In Swaziland, Viktor Bout entered into a joint venture with a South African company to form Air Pass. Air Cess had 90 percent ownership of this joint venture. Records show that Viktor Bout owned 90 percent of the shares of Air Pass. According to NGO reporting, Viktor Bout transferred daily operational control of Air Cess to his brother, Sergei Bout, some time during the 1990s. This entity can thus be considered to be owned or controlled by either Viktor Bout and/or Sergei Bout.
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