29 Dec 2010

French Polynesia plane sale process slow

4:14 pm on 29 December 2010

The French Polynesian government is struggling to find a buyer for the presidential plane, which had been acquired by a former head of government, Gaston Flosse.

The ATR 42 aircraft had been bought for more than 15 million US dollars but has been rarely used in recent times, with the government instead leasing a Air Tahiti plane if needed.

According to local radio, more than half a million US dollars has been allocated to maintain the plane in anticipation of a sale.