Flying is one of the most important means of transportation, and it is only important that every President of any African country or anywhere else in the world has access to a very convenient flying machine that offers luxury, security and boasts of world class communication equipments and other things.
On top of moving faster and wasting less time, it’s easier to get work done in the air when you’re alone. Even in first or business class, Cass pointed out, it’s risky to have confidential conversations, because you don’t know who may be around.
So the next time you wonder why companies spend tens of millions to buy their own jets instead of putting employees on commercial fights, know that it’s not about creature comforts. It’s about saving time and money. Wink wink. Ha ha
This mild sunny evening we’re going to talk about the top 10 best presidential planes in Africa. Prepare for an interesting virtual journey inside and outside each one of the following magnificent aircrafts owned by African leaders.
10. Angola President’s Plane (Embraer ERJ-135)
After the Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia crash in 2011, Angola’s president now flies in a more superior Embraer ERJ-135. The ERJ-135 COSTS ABOUT $16 million which is obviously a far cry from Nigeria presidents Boeing 737.
What makes this plane superior however is its engine – 2 X Rolls_Royce which has a power of 7400 lbf. The plane has a maximum cruising speed of 834 km/h. The Embraer breed of airplanes is manufactured and assembled in Brazil.
9.South Africa Presidential Plane (C130)
Another non-surprise member of the top 10 list of magnificent African Presidential planes is Jacob Zuma’s C130 superspeed plane. President Zuma’s plane offers superior performance with a wide range of flexibility for every theater of operations and requirements of the decorated leader.
Although the plane is specifically meant for flying in harsh environments, South African authorities love it because as they say “It keeps the president ready for next mission and for whatever future holds”. There is however rumor that the president could be on his way to getting a superiorBoeing 777 luxurious private jet – at the South African taxpayers’ expense of course. Watch this space.
8.Kenya President’s Jet (Fokker 70)
Uhuru Kenyatta, the relatively young, charming African leader doesn’t fly economy class like most of us do. He flies in a customized Fokker 70 that has room for only 25 passengers.
According to reliable sources, President Kenyatta’s official plane was acquired back in 1995 just two years after manufacture. Almost 20 years down the line, the fuel efficient plane is still going strong. The plane boasts a cruising speed of up to 845 km/h and costs an estimated $20 million.
7.Ghana President’s Official Plane (Falcon 900 Ex Easy)
Talk of luxury and speed all packaged together and President John Mill’s plane comes to the foresight.
The three engine supersonic jet enjoys an extended range of 9000 kilometers which simply means that it can stay airborne for up to 13 hours. According to a Ghanaian newspaper, the Falcon 900 cost $37 million.
6.Egypt Presidential Plane (Air Bus A340)
Egypt president’s official plane is an ultra long-haul Airbus A340 which offers unmatched operational flexibility on non-stop flights over remote areas e.g oceans and mountain ranges. The super plane includes state-of-the art technologies that allow the president to travel in ultimate comfort over long distances.
The luxurious plane is further enhanced with military security protection to keep the president safe on air. According to the official Airbus website Egypt president planes has a length of 75 meters, a height of 17.22 meters and a wing span of 63.45 meters.
5.Libya Presidents Jet (A340)
Libya President’s official plane is commonly known as Afriqiyah One. The plane is pretty luxurious, with luxurious rooms, bedroom, showers, DVD players and a private kitchen. This means that Libya’s president can survive in this plane for several months of things go hay wire down in Tripoli.
According to Airbus, the A340 jet boasts 4 engines and two –class cabin configuration. The 850 km/h max speed plane costs an estimated $411 million; and comes customized with the latest amenities. Watch the following video about Libya president plane’s interior.
4.Algeria President’s Plane (A340-500)
Algeria’s president rides in a gigantic A340-500 private jet that runs on four engines. Normally, the plane is supposed to carry about 150 passengers but this one is customized to cater for the presidents luxury needs.
It has a private bedroom, a fully equipped shower room and high quality finish.A340 can last airborne for up to 14 hours, non-stop.
3.Nigeria President Official Plane (Boeing 737)
Goodluck Jonathan, the flamboyant West African leader, flies in a luxurious plane dubbed Eagle One. According the reliable sources, the plane cost the ordinary Nigerian taxpayer a whopping $390 million.
A sneak peek to this revered plane shows that the Airbus is incorporated with ground-breaking technologies that ensure the president is safe on air. Boeing 737 is categorized as a medium-range narrow-body airliner, an uprecedented level of efficiency and a breath-taking interior.
2.Zimbabwe Presidential Jet (Boeing 767)
The ever-controversial Robert Mugabe’s plane is not a surprise member of our top 10 list of African President’s jets. Although Zimbabwe is conspicuously absent in the top 10 list of African rich nations, Uncle Bob’s plane is one of the most expensive on Africa’s soil. Accordingly, the plane cost the Zimbabwean tax payer a cool $400 million.
The country has so far struggled to pay $360 million but still has a debt of $40 million to meet. The super jet has a maximum cruising speed of 858 km/h making it one of the fastest in this part of the world. This not to mention its plush interiors that make it fit for royalty.
1.Morocco King’s Plane (Boeing 747-400)
The King of Morocco knows vividly what it means to fly luxuriously. He flies in a super-luxurious Boeing 747 which costs about $450 million. The plane has two decks – the main deck and the upper deck. The main deck has meeting rooms, a private cinema hall and a spacious play area.
The upper deck has pool tables and five private sleeping berths. Now that is what we call the number one Presidential jet in Africa.