Tinubu reportedly directs sale of three jets from Presidential Air Fleet

In a bid to tighten fiscal expenditures, the Tinubu Administration has disclosed plans to sell off three jets from the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF).

Previous attempts to sell off two aircraft during President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration faced hurdles, with potential buyers initially offering $24 million for a Dassault Falcon 7x executive jet and a Beechcraft Hawker 4000 business jet. However, the reduced bid of $11 million was rejected by the government at the time.

As part of efforts to generate revenue and alleviate maintenance costs, some aircraft were considered for charter services to interested governors, though the specifics of this arrangement remain unclear.

Among the aircraft in the PAF are Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) 737, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream G500, two Falcon 7X, HS 4000, two Agusta 139, and two Agusta 101. Notably, the BBJ 737 serves as the Nigerian Air Force One, exclusively catering to the President’s travel needs.

While the fate of the BBJ 737 remains uncertain, the administration has earmarked Falcon and Embraer jets for potential sale.

Maintenance costs for the PAF have escalated over the years, with an estimated budget of N80 billion allocated across various fiscal years.

This comes concerns over rising expenditures prompted President Tinubu’s directive to trim the fleet, with a focus on shedding aircraft incurring substantial maintenance expenses.

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