It seems the Queen of England’s requirements for a business jet have grown since the initial requests were went out for a bid for a private aircraft, a source has told The Eagle. A source with knowledge of the deal said that the requirements now are for a larger business jet — one that would put Wichita out of the running.
The Queen of England reportedly wants to buy her own private jet and has asked four business jet manufacturers — including Wichita’s Cessna Aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft and Bombardier Learjet — to submit bids, the London Sun said Saturday.
The Queen wants to spend about $13 million on a private jet for use by the Royal family and its pets for official engagements.
The jet will be dubbed Monarch Air, the Sun reports. The Queen has taken a personal interest in the plane’s design and will be “literally fit for a Queen,” the report said. She wants to buy her own plane after having to share the use of private jets with government leaders and military top brass. They often take priority, forcing her and other royals to hire other planes at the last minute, something that brings a high cost to the public along with it.
The Queen wants a jet that will seat up to 13 people, the Sun reports. It’s expected to include luxury touches such as reclining seats embroidered with the royal crest. Besides Wichita’s three manufacturers, a bid is also expected to be submitted from Gulfstream. “An appropriate plane could be the Cessna Citation Sovereign,” the London Sun said.