Not less than N20 billion (about $50 million) is expected by the Federal Government from the sale of two out of the 10 airplanes in the presidential fleet. The figure, according to sources, is based on “the current market value” of Falcon 7X and Hawker 4000, as well as their year of entry into service (still recent) and the short distance they have travelled till date. Aviation experts corroborated the valuation of the aircraft, with some telling the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) that the two aircraft can be conveniently auctioned between the range of $50 milion and $70million in the current market.
In a related development, stakeholders in the aviation industry have urged governments at all levels to start patronising domestic airlines for the growth of the economy and desist from the rather extravagant and unsustainable ownership of jets or airline. They said this against the backdrop of states that still own and others still planning to buy private jets amidst economic recession. The Chairman, Panel for Sale of Aircraft, Office of the National Security Adviser, last Tuesday put up an advertorial for the auction of two presidential jets – Falcon 7X and Hawker 4000 aircraft.
The Guardian learnt at the weekend that bidders have been pouring in both from home and abroad to check the Falcon 7X at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Hawker 4000 aircraft is in Zurich, Switzerland. Our source, who would not want to be mentioned said though the aircraft were for auction, the authorities were looking for a very good bid in the neighbourhood of $50million for the two planes. Read more