The Gujarat BJP Government bought an aircraft worth Rs. 191 crore that would be used by the Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other VVIPs like the Governor and deputy chief minister.
The two-engine Bombardier Challenger 650 would be delivered in the next two weeks.
The new aircraft can carry 12 passengers and has a flying range of 7,000 kilometres, much higher than the present Beechcraft Super King aircraft that has been used to ferry the chief minister and other VVIPs for the last 20 years. It can fly at 870 kmph.
Director of Civil Aviation, Gujarat, Captain Ajay Chauhan said it would take another two months before the new jet can become airborne. The aircraft would require various approvals and clearances from the customs, DGCA and authorities before its finally commissioned.
At present, the state government owns and operates Beechcraft Super King turboprop aircraft with a capacity to fly nine passengers in one sortie.
The process to procure the aircraft began 5 years ago.