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10 August, 2022
 
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Cyprus looking to acquire a presidential aircraft

Greece may allow the use of one of its 3 official planes

Apostolis Tomaras

Apostolis Tomaras

Discussions surrounding the purchase of an official presidential plane return to the fore.  Sources say that the aircraft is needed due to the increased transportation needs of both the President of the Republic and other members of the government. According to information from "K", the government is in contact with Athens and is considering the prospect of acquiring one of three aircraft that Greece uses to meet the transportation needs of its President, Prime Minister and other members of government.

For the time being, the available information does not specify which of the three aircraft is to be provided. Consultations continue with Athens and sources say that Greece may grant Nicosia the privilege of using the plane without having to purchase it.  

The fleet

Greece currently has three types of VIP transport aircraft.

-Embraer EMB-135LR

-Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy

-GV Gulfstream-V

The EMB-135LR has a capacity of 32 people, the EMB-135BJ LEGACY has a capacity of 15 people and the Gulfstream V has a capacity of 12 people. Athens intended to sell one of the three government aircraft ever since the deal was made on the Rafale fighter jets.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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