Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tunisian government puts presidential jet up for sale

As the new Tunisian government begins the difficult job of undoing the more ambitious projects of its deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the former presidential aircraft, an Airbus A340-500, has been put up for sale, according to reports in the French media.

It was delivered in November 2009, eventually leaving for Tarbes in France at the end of 2010, before moving to Bordeaux Mérignac.

Also reportedly for sale by the Tunisian government is a Dassault Falcon 900B, formerly owned by Ben Ali's son-in-law Sakhr El Materi, which was seized in Geneva.

All profits from the aircraft will be returned to the Tunisian exchequer.

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