World Bulletin / News Desk
An aviation directorate will be established within the Prime Ministry to transport ministers in government aircraft, according to a report on Tuesday by the Habertürk daily.
A number of pilots and maintenance engineers currently working for Turkish Airlines (THY) will be employed by the new Prime Ministry Aviation Directorate to operate and maintain its aircraft.
The helicopters to be used by the directorate will be obtained from the Security General Directorate. Several airplanes, including an Airbus A330, will be delivered by the Security General Directorate in the new year. Two Sikorsky helicopters purchased from United States will also join the directorate's fleet. Seven helicopters that belong to AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian helicopter company, will also serve the directorate after a contract with Turkey's Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) to operate the helicopters ends.
The directorate's aircraft will be considered official state vehicles. The creation of the directorate is expected to decrease expenditure on ministers' flight expenses. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other ministers will also be able to fly in greater security.Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ekim 2012, 17:56