"They have had a helicopter pad installed in the grounds of their south of France home, Chateau Miraval. So Angelina thought it would be nice to buy Brad a helicopter as a surprise present," a source said.
The couple will be using the mode of transport to get to nearby events.
"In particular, they would like to be able to fly to and from Cannes. But even though Brad has his private pilot's licence, he still needs to take a few flying lessons - which he'll start straight away," said the source.