Defence ministry leases luxury VIP jets for SA elite

2011-04-02 18:04

Government VIPs will soon be jetting around the country in two luxury jets complete with sleeping quarters, computer and satellite communication services and a conference cabin with space for six people.

The department of defence has leased the jets on a five-year contract to supplement its VIP squadron.

According to a report in Beeld newspaper, the contract with AdoAir, a small Lanseria-based company, is worth R808 million.

The company belongs to the Adonai Group, founded by Nigerian businessman Adegboyega Olulade.

AdoAir “came out top” out of five competing tenders, the department spokesperson Ndivhuwo wa ha Mabaya said yesterday. He said an aging air transport fleet had made it necessary for the South African Air Force to charter flights for VIP air transport, and this had been expensive.

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu revealed in December that chartered flights for VIPs spiked from R3.6 million in 2009 to R16.9 million last year.

Mabaya added that the lease agreement also included the maintenance of the luxury jets over the five-year period.
He said: “The two jets will be used by the VIP squadron. Our current fleet of VIP planes are very old and we don’t have the money to buy new planes.”

These jets will also be used when the presidential jet, Inkwazi, is undergoing maintenance.

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