The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, announced in the last week that he is considering a bulk purchase of nine helicopters – one for the leader of each of Bolivia’s nine states. His consideration is based around the fact that he now considers a helicopter as a necessary tool for the state leaders to carry out their work, and not a luxury.
In fact, Morales even made it sound like the running costs of these helicopters would be paid for centrally and not by the state governments themselves.
Bolivia has recently taken delivery of a Eurocopter EC145, and should receive the second of the two it ordered around now. Whether this helicopter type is linked to the country-wide plans above is mere speculation.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com
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