The Dutch government is paying much more than necessary for its new airplane - a Boeing 737 Business Jet, NRC reports based on information and documents from stakeholders. According to the newspaper, the government rejected an offer from Boeing competitor Airbus for a similar device that was nearly 18 million euros cheaper. Airbus was also able to deliver the plane earlier than Boeing, according to NRC.
The Netherlands sold its old government plane, Fokker 70 PH-KBX, to Australian airline Alliance Airlines for 3.7 million euros, the Telegraaf reports. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure wil officially announce the sale on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.
The Dutch government has put the government plane - a Fokker 70 with the registration PH-KBX - up for sale. The plane is listed on an online market place for airplanes, ANP reports.
How much the government expects to make from the sale is not yet clear. The ad on the site avbuyer.com states that the plane is in an "excellent condition" and only has 8,514 flight hours on its clock. The add also has fotos of the planes interior.
The government wants to buy a new government plane in May of next year. That is expected to cost between 50 and 90 million euros.
A collection of a high-up political officials including the prime minister and finance minister make frequent use of the Dutch royal family's government-owned aircraft following a ban on politicians' use of private jets. Ministers and State Secretaries have used the flight, a Fokker 70 designated as PH-KBX, twice as often as members of the royal family, according to a report in AD.