Tucson-based company delivers campaign jet to Palin
September 5, 2008
Source: Arizona Daily Star
Will she sell this one on eBay?
Tucson-based Global Aircraft Solutions Inc. on Thursday delivered Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s new campaign plane, an Embraer 190 regional jet complete with the Republican ticket’s campaign logo on the fuselage.
Palin, presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s running mate, told delegates at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday that she put her predecessor’s plane on eBay. Former Gov. Frank Murkowski, a Republican, had been criticized for buying a jet to travel around the state.
Palin’s new plane seats about 100 people and was reconfigured with bigger first-class seats, dividers and an area for the press, Global Aircraft President John Sawyer said. The company also repainted the jet.
New York-based JetBlue Airways will operate the plane.
The Secret Service inspected the aircraft at Tucson International Airport on Thursday afternoon before it took off for St. Paul, Minn., site of the GOP convention.
Global Aircraft is parent of Hamilton Aerospace Technologies, a full-service aircraft repair and modification facility that provides heavy maintenance for commercial airliners at the Tucson airport