The BJP government in Gujarat has finally purchased a new aircraft worth Rs 191 crore for use by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. And other dignitaries like the governor and deputy CM, formally wrapping up the delayed procurement process launched five years ago. On Wednesday, officials said that the swanky two-engine ‘Bombardier Challenger 650’ would be delivered in the next two weeks.
The new aircraft can carry 12 passengers and has a flying range of around 7,000 kilometers. Much higher than the present ‘Beechcraft Super King’ aircraft that has been used to ferry the CM. And other dignitaries for the last 20 years. It can fly with a speed of around 870 kilometers per hour. “The Bombardier-make Challenger 650 aircraft worth around Rs 191 crore will be delivered to us (Gujarat government) in the third week of this month. All formalities related to its procurement have been completed,” another official said.