Economy

Hungarian Government to Buy Airbus Planes

According to Magyar Nemzet, it will be soon announced that the government will acquire multi-purpose aircraft, two 10-year-old A319 plane, for the Hungarian Defence Forces.

The Airbus A319 planes belong to the fleet of Air Berlin, which went bankrupt recently, and were leased by Eurowings. State-owned maintenance company Aeroplex, which struggles with excess capacity at the moment, may also play part in the maintenance of the planes.

The planes can be bought buy the government, because the price of similar aircrafts has decreased due to the bankruptcy of several low-cost airlines. This information is not official as “unprecedented information security rules” apply, and the parliamentary commission granted an exemption for the government from public procurement.  Government officials and military leaders have previously reported that the restoration of the air transport capabilities of the Hungarian Air Force is in priority, as usable military aircraft has now dropped to one: only an An-26 left.

Magyar Nemzet has concluded that the planes are purchased in a mixed public/private PPP-construction and that Wizzair and the maintenance company Lufthansa Technik may also be interested in the business.

They reported that it is an approximately ten billion-forint (EUR 32 million) business, and the planes will be used for the transportation of the country’s leaders alongside military tasks.

via Magyar Nemzet, index.hu

featured photo: Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann