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Cabinet approves VIP plane purchase

B8.7 billion budgeted for jet to replace ageing Airbus A340

Oxygen supplies from Their Majesties the King and Queen and other relief items donated to Covid-19 patients are loaded onto a Royal Thai Air Force Airbus 340-500 for a humanitarian mission to India in May 2021. The same aircraft has been used to transport VIPs. (Photo: Royal Thai Air Force)

The government has approved a plan to procure a new aircraft to transport VIPs at a cost of 8.7 billion baht spread over four years.

The acquisition, to be funded from a tied-over budget from 2024-27, was proposed by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat Office to replace the current ageing Airbus A340.

The Airbus A340 is used to transport VIPs, including…

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