French government sells two A340-200 aircraft online for € 80,000 each

French sell online A340
French Air Force A340-211 on sale.

The French government has officially put two Airbus A340-200 aircraft on sale at a very competitive price. The 25-year-old aircraft are sold for the modest sum of € 80,000 ($ 97,000) each, interested professional buyers can buy them exclusively online from 15 to 22 December 2020.

The two aircraft (registered F-RAJA and F-RAJB) have accumulated significant flight hours but remain airworthy and in active use, they received the last maintenance on 30 September 2020 by TAP Maintenance & Engineering. However, the French government sells them "as it is" without any guarantee. They will be flown by the French Air Force until 23 December 2020.

The two A340s made their first flight in 1995 and were initially operated by Autrian Airlines. After retiring its entire A340 fleet in 2006, Austrian then sold these two aircraft to the French Air Force which retrofitted the cabins for strategic transport.

The aircraft have accumulated approximately 70,000 flight hours and are used by the 3.60 “Estérel” transport squadron to conduct civilian and military missions around the world, the main ones involving the transport of French troops and supplies.

Buyers can view the aircraft at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, France, until December 21st. The government demands that the planes be taken over by December 31, 2020, and that the buyer remove the government markings within one month of the transaction.

The reason for the sale is not specified, however the type is being phased out by many users due to high operating and maintenance costs. The French Air Force will replace them with three new A330-200s.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: French Government