Dutch government enlists Altea to acquire BBJ

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The Dutch government has successfully negotiated with Boeing the acquisition of a new BBJ, by using aircraft consulting specialist Altea to navigate complex EU purchasing and aviation regulations and strict Dutch state expenditure rules.

The aircraft was acquired at a cost that met the government’s requirement for a completed deal below €90m (US$101m), inclusive of taxes and sale of PH-KBX. Altea managed the entire process, including needs assessment and EU purchasing, with the government’s appointed legal team. The agreement was signed in April 2017.

“As a team, we had to balance complex EU and aviation regulations against public spending requirements and needs,” said Hans IJsselstijn from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. “But Altea’s expertise, experience and willingness to constantly guide, as well as challenge us, has meant we have landed a suitable aircraft for the best value.”

The project will now move forward with Altea overseeing the manufacturing and then the modification and completion of the aircraft prior to entry into service.

The aircraft is scheduled to roll off the production line in May 2018, with post-completion delivery expected in March 2019. The interior configuration and completion will be carried out by Fokker Services in the Netherlands, and will feature two cabins – a VIP area for 12 passengers, and a staff area seating a further 12 people. Other highlights will include a crew rest, shower and satcom communications. The cabin will be certified to commercial standard.

The new BBJ will replace the Dutch government’s existing 22-year-old aircraft and will be used by government officials and the Dutch royal family.

May 25, 2017

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