Slovenia Would Rent Falcon to NATO

Politics,  30 Apr 2013  / By STA, T. M.

Defence Minister Roman Jakič believes that by registering the Falcon jet as a military aircraft and making it available to NATO and the EU, Slovenia would save a lot of money. By being parked in a hangar, it costs the taxpayers EUR 500,000 a year, he said today.

Comedy with Falcon goes on (Photo: STA)
Comedy with Falcon goes on (Photo: STA)

Offering the jet for military transportation would save the country EUR 70,000, while additional EUR 120,000 would be saved if it was maintained by Slovenian teams, said the minister.

Jakič spoke to the press during his visit to Koper on Monday to further explain a solution to the use of the jet he announced in an interview with the STA.

He told the STA yesterday he would fly with the Dessault Falcon 2000 Ex to visit Slovenian soldiers abroad, encouraging the president and prime minister to use it for trips abroad as well.

He explained today that the jet had been integrated into the system of exchange among EU and NATO members for special transportation and for the transport of state officials.

While admitting that specific terms of use were yet to be made, the minister said the jet, which was bought in 2001 for over US$30m, would be mainly used for military exchange.

"Slovenia is currently using transportation capabilities of its NATO and EU partners, but could start offering the jet for similar use."

He believes Slovenian state officials could use it as well. And when the plane is not booked, it could be offered for commercial use.

But before the jet finally takes off from Ljubljana Airport in June or this autumn at the latest, pilots would need to complete additional training, Jakič said.

He still hopes a buyer might appear. "Given that we cannot sell it at the moment, we need to use it".

The government has made several attempts to sell the jet following a controversy over its price and extravagance.

After last year's last failed attempt of the Agency for Civil Aviation to sell it, the Falcon returned to the Defence Ministry.

Commenting on Jakič's solution, ex-Defence Minister Aleš Hojs said today that a decision to offer the jet for military exchange had been taken by the Janez Janša government on his own proposal in November 2012.

Tags: Slovenia, NATO, falcon, Defence Minister, Roman Jakič, Military, EU, transport




Lil, 02.05.2013 ob 23:58

According that page, that aeroplane kip on coming back. I think that plane have usedof this country. And now considure that country for his own.

Just walking by, 02.05.2013 ob 23:54

What NATO run aut of aeroplanes?
I didn't know that economic crise on west is so harsh. That have to be Harsh times there.
Capitalism is aut there that it is.
Marx was right, capitalism is in paradox with it self.

Julian, 30.04.2013 ob 20:38

From The National Poet Of Slovenia In A Language People Understand


Jet getaways -.--.---.----.----// / / fly
Pleasure trips | OOO | | OOO || OOO | allocating
Each taxpayer's share.

The National Poet Of Slovenia In A Language People Understand interprets important Slovenian affairs for the non-Slovene speaking world.

Eurobound, 30.04.2013 ob 18:19

Instead of selling it at a loss - the money is already gone - the Slovenian government holds onto a plane of which they don't use and get no value and spend $500k/year to sit there... and their only plan is to spend hundreds of thousands to train pilots and mechanics and have them on standby to "save" $70k/year and $120k/year (not mentioning the hundreds of thousands it will cost to have the pilots and mechanics on standby or to fly and maintain the plane)... just sell it already for $1 and run away!!

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