African presidents have some expensive presidential jets. Here's how the top 10 are ranked.
We’re going to talk about the top 10 best presidential planes in Africa in terms of prices. Prepare for an interesting virtual journey inside and outside each one of the following magnificent aircrafts owned by African leaders.
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.
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”.
The plane boasts a cruising speed of up to 845 km/h and costs an estimated $20 million. 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.
Talk of luxury and speed all packaged together and President Nana Addo 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.
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 850 km/h max speed plane costs an estimated $41 millionLibya 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.
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.
The Nigerian president flies in a luxurious plane dubbed Eagle One. According the Africacradle.com , the plane cost the ordinary Nigerian taxpayer a whopping $390 million.
The plane which was purchased during the late Robert Mugabe’s regime plane had to make it to the top 10 list of African President’s jets. Although Zimbabwe is conspicuously absent in the top 10 list of African rich nations, The presidential plane is one of the most expensive on Africa’s soil. Accordingly, the plane cost the Zimbabwean tax payer a cool $400 million.
The president 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.
Credit to www.africancradle.com for the data in this article.