The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy made no secret of his dream of having his own presidential jet that will rival the likes of America’s Air Force One. The man can now celebrate as his dream is all set to come true. Mr. Sarkozy will now fly in his very own aircraft that is dubbed the “Air Sarko One”. The government has reportedly spent £150 million ($236.7 million) on the purchase and refit of the jet from tourist airline Air Caraïbes. The aircraft which is expected to be complete and ready for delivery by this October, will have a wingspan a good two feet longer than the US model. Made to cater to every need of the President, the aircraft comes complete with a bedroom, air filter system so he can smoke cigars, and a shower.
Besides these personal amenities for the President, the aircraft will also boast of a 12-man meeting room, 60 business class seats, top-grade encrypted communications systems, a reinforced fuselage and missile decoy system. A convoy of smaller jets is also to replace the current Falcon 50 and 900 models at ministers’ disposal.
This recent purchase has however not gone down well with Mr. Sarkozy’s critics, who have criticized him for ordering this aircraft merely weeks after ordering ministers to cut spending and following a string of embarrassing expenses scandals. Mr. Sarkozy’s government however argued that the cost of new presidential jet will be offset by the sale of two smaller A319s currently used.
The critics maybe unhappy, but we are sure this new purchase has brought a smile on the president’s wife and arm candy, Carla Bruni.