Annual maintainance cost of Turkey’s expanding state fleet $26 million

A VIP 747-8 jet, gifted to Turkey by Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani last week, joins 15 other aircraft in the state fleet, whose annual maintainance cost totals $26 million, Patronlar Dünyası website reported.

Turkey’s elaborate state fleet includes a jet used by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, as well as an Airbus A340 VIP, which was formerly owned by deposed Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and bought by Turkey for $78 million in 2016, the site said.

As the number of aircraft in the Turkish state fleet increases, staff given authority to fly the vehicles has dropped from 29 to 18 over the last few years, the website reported, noting that the country’s Ministry of Health has only four planes and 19 helicopters in its inventory.

The state fleet inventory was not made public until 2015, it said, noting that the first official report to this end was published during the prime ministry of Ahmet Davutoğlu during the same year.

The 2016 Prime Ministry Activity Report noted that the state had 11 jets and 3 helicopters in its inventory, Patronlar Dünyası said.
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