Recently elected Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner has set in motion a programme to replace the current presidential transport aircraft, a Boeing 757-23A acquired in 1992. Budgeted at approximately $ 55 million, the Argentinian government intends to select and procure a new aircraft by August 2008.
Setting its sights on a significantly smaller aircraft with sufficient range to reach any point within South America, Argentina is seeking a twin-engine aircraft capable of accommodating 18 passengers including the Boeing Business Jet, Bombardier´s Global Express XRS, the Embraer Lineage 1000 and the Gulfstream G550. Local government sources have hinted that the G550 is viewed as the prime candidate, with Embraer´s Lineage 1000 a close contender.
According to Flightglobal.com