Quote: French Presidency has announced that it will order three planes: two Falcons 7x and one A330-200.
The purchase of these 3 planes has been revealed by La Dépêche du Midi on Wednesday and confirmed in the evening by the French presidency. According to this newspaper, the A330 will be refurbished and reequipped by Sabena Technics based in Merignac, near Bordeaux.
The two Falcon 7x [...] will replace two Falcons 900 and four Falcons 50 used by the Government. Some are 20 years old.
According Jean-Dominique Merchet, defense specialist of newspaper Libération, the second hand A330-200 would be purchased from Air Caraibes (registration F-OPTP).
The current presidential plane, an A319CJ bought in 2002, needed to do stopovers on long-haul flights.
[...] Sabena did not say much on what will be implemented on the plane, but we can guess that it will be equipped with secured means of communication, a bedroom, a bathroom (as it is the case on the A319) as well security systems like anti-missile devices.
The total amount has not been revealed, but some specialists say it would cost between 100 and 300 million euros, all paid by the Ministry of Defense
Oh that was strictly guesswork. Nobody probably knows, but its flight habits are fairly well understood. If it's 20 years old now, it probably flies 2-3 hours per day... 1,000 hrs per year... maybe more like 18,000 hours each. At any rate, they do not maintain airline-like rates, like UA or NW's 744s which fly 10 to 13 hours a day, making them 3 to 4 times more fatigued. Not to mention the "rougher" treatment of airline use.
So these VIP jets (under 24/7 security and strictly clean) have a virtually unlimited mechanical lifespan. Instead I believe the thing that wears out is the style and technology of the interior, which needs updates from time to time.
Burnsie28 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8129 times:
Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 3): But still not as Mr. George W. Bush air force 1
Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 4): No, but I think he should change his plane as well. How old is Air Force One?
As others have stated, and it doesn't have the same fuel burn as normal passenger 747-200's, it has the same engines as the 744 on it IIRC. Also the plane has special capabilities, such as inflight refueling and so forth.
Ovrpowrd727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7160 times:
Why didn't the ministry just buy the planes new?? they have spent on other items it seems like they may have had the funding to do so. now the French gov't must pay to have the airframe fitted to their specs instead of just getting it from the beginning