Manohar Lal Khattar is the first time BJP chief minister who has tried to set an example for the state and nation by traveling in trains, commercial trains, luxury buses and metro rail. Seems like the example has overshadowed the need for a state-owned aircraft to fulfill the needs of the VVIPs and CM himself. Khattar who had who turn down the offer of a new state-owned aircraft immediately after the win over the state will now be traveling in a 10-seater Beechcraft King Air 250, that is to be purchased by the BJP government in the state. Haryana already owns a twin-engine helicopter purchased during the Congress regime at a whopping cost of 5.5 million euros (Rs 33 crore) in 2009. The same government had also bought a Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft that crashed at Chandigarh airport soon after taking off in 2014. It was a miraculous escape for the then governor, Jagannath Pahadia, his wife and other officials on board. As per Civil aviation minister Rao Narbir Singh statement the new aircraft will be purchased at an estimated cost of $62,50,000 (around Rs 40 crore). Further a civil aviation department official has stated;
The matter is with a high-powered purchase committee that will negotiate and clinch the deal.The officer further added that the Beechcraft King Air 250 is an upgraded version of the King Air 200. The reason they are going for the upgraded version of the airplane taking in the consideration of runway lengths at Chandigarh, Delhi and Hisar airports.
The King Air 250 needs a take-off distance of 2,111 feet that is just right, keeping in view the average length of these airstrips.he added. After holding numerous technical consultations with pioneers in aviation, US-based Textron Aviation the state government had finally locked in the Beechcraft and price negotiation talks are in progress with its manufacturer.