South Dakota DOT purchases updated state airplane for $4.5 million

August 6, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s purchase of an updated state airplane was completed Thursday with the state opting for a less flashy turboprop aircraft after some lawmakers questioned whether Governor Noem preferred a jet.

The Department of Transportation purchased a 2015 Beechcraft King Air 350 for about $4.5 million.

The aircraft, which holds up to nine passengers, is marketed to business executives with pull-out work tables and onboard Wi-Fi.

A spokesman for the governor said the King Air 350 was identified as the best fit for the state.