Only one month after the decision to dry-lease two Dassault Falcon 7X VIP aircraft – and a procedure before the Belgian Council of State – the Belgian government has withdrawn its intentions.
The dry-lease agreement – a contract worth €124 million – would have guaranteed two Falcon 7X’s for a period of 12 years, based on the agreement with Hi Fly, the Portuguese ACMI specialist that is leasing an Airbus A321 (CS-TRJ) to the Belgian Air Component.
On 10 September, Belgian Minister of Defence Didier Reynders decided to lease the two VIP aircraft from Abelag Aviation. Flying Group, a competitor on the market of VIP and private jets, disagreed with the decision and immediately went to the Belgian Council of State claiming that several mistakes have been made awarding the contract to Abelag Aviation.
The so-called “white fleet” of the Belgian Air Component consists of passenger aircraft that are used for VIP flights assuring the flights for e.g. the Monarchy of Belgium, ministers and members of European institutions.