Turkish flag carrier THY is seeking to buy three VIP-configured aircraft on behalf of the country's government following a request by Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
THY operates on behalf of the government a 16-year-old Gulfstream IV, which is mainly used for prime ministerial transportation. Two GIVs are also operated by the Turkish air force.
The proposals call for one widebody business aircraft that will carry up to 20 passengers and THY is evaluating the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and Boeing Business Jet. During recent negotiations with Airbus and Boeing for a mix of 57 airliners, THY had sought to include one ACJ or BBJ, but an agreement was not reached. Alternatively, THY may convert one of its A310-300 airliners into VIP configuration.
The plan also cites a requirement for two business jets to replace the air force-operated GIVs. Types under evaluation include the Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 900EX, Embraer Legacy and Gulfstream G550.
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Source: Flight International