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FG puts up three presidential jets for sale



Information reaching the OsunReporters News has it that the Federal government has begun the sale of three ageing presidential jets to reduce excessive spending on fleet maintenance.

The decision comes amidst recommendations from the House of Representatives committee on…..national security and intelligence to purchase two newer aircraft for…the president and vice-president.

According to reports, the jets pencilled down for sale are a Boeing 737 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), which is the president’s designated aircraft, one Gulfstream and a Falcon 7x.

A US-based airline marketer, JetHQ is managing the sale aims to fund a replacement jet as ongoing discussions and evaluations continue regarding potential buyers and offers.

A senior official, who is familiar with the management of the fleet said: “We saw the report and recommendation by the lawmakers. But the truth of the matter is that we can not afford to buy two aircraft at a go, even though we are selling off others. The approval now is to find one whose cost is not too much that we can augment with what we raise from this sale.”

The marketing firm has already submitted three bids from buyers to the Office of the National Security Adviser for consideration.

“Yes, we have received two offers for the BBJ and one for the Falcon X. But the NSA insisted that we must press for a better deal instead of rushing to have a bad deal for the government,” an PAF official involved with the process said on condition of anonymity.

Recall that the presidential air fleet consists of six airplanes and four helicopters, including models like the Boeing 737 Business Jet, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream GV, Falcon 7x, and Challenger CL605.

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