Governor Martinez Sells State Luxury Jet

SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez announced today that the State has completed the sale of its Cessna Citation Bravo luxury jet to a private buyer. Through a third-party broker, the state sold the jet to Robert and Linda Felland of Anchorage, AK for a price of $2.51 million. The sale was completed at the Santa Fe Airport this afternoon; afterward, the Fellands took possession of the plane and joined Governor Martinez and General Services Department Secretary Ed Burckle for a short media availability before flying away in their new plane.

“The state’s luxury jet was the ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” said Governor Martinez. “There is no reason that taxpayers should have been on the hook for the millions of dollars that it cost to purchase and maintain this plane. It was a purchase that was neither practical nor cost-effective, and I’m proud that we kept our promise to sell it.”

Bought during the previous administration, the Citation Bravo was used more than either of the other two aircrafts in the GSD fleet each year between 2007 and 2010, despite being more costly and less economical to operate. In recent months, there have been roughly 39 Citation Bravos on the global market, with recent sale prices ranging between $2.1 and $2.9 million, placing the sale of the state’s jet squarely within the typical range for this particular model.

“We worked very hard to ensure that even though taxpayers were taken for a ride when the jet was purchased, they were given a good deal when it was sold,” continued Governor Martinez. “With so many important priorities facing New Mexico children, families, and businesses, wasting money on operating and maintaining a luxury jet is simply not a good use of taxpayer money.”

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