Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gujarat government places order for VIP aircraft

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government has placed an order for a new aircraft to be used by the chief minister, deputy chief minister, governor and other VIPs for official purposes. The state will spend Rs 200 crore on buying a new Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft.
Senior officials of the state civil aviation department visited the company’s headquarters in Canada recently and placed an order for the plane. Officials said this was to avoid engaging the services of middlemen in the deal.
Officials said the government will likely also buy a new helicopter soon.
A state government official said, “The new aircraft is expected to be delivered within a month. The total cost of the twin-engine, 15-seater aircraft is around Rs 200 crore. It will be equipped with the latest safety features according to guidelines of the DGCA.”
22/08/19 Kapil Dave/Times of India
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