Alberta is closer to being out of the airline business with the sale of three of four planes in the government air fleet.
Fargo Jet Centre Inc. of Fargo, North Dakota was the successful bidder by offering nearly $6.1 million for the three King Air aircraft. This exceeded the minimum bid price by approximately $600,000, or 11 per cent.
“Considering there is a limited market for some of these planes and the economy is tight, especially in western Canada, we are pleased to have sold three of the aircraft at a fair price.”
Stephen Khan, Minister of Service Alberta
The three planes that sold were:
- A 2006 Beechcraft King Air B200;
- A 2006 Beechcraft King Air B200; and
- A 1997 Beechcraft King Air 350.
Sealed tenders were opened on February 24 and reviewed by Service Alberta, the ministry responsible for selling surplus government equipment.
A 1985 DeHavilland Dash 8-103 did not receive a bid that complied with the criteria of the Invitation to Tender. The government is looking at options including re-tendering the remaining plane and the related inventory of spare parts and tools.