Nice to see you here also.
I am not sure what is the reason behind this. But, I guess your client wants people to see that they are using a SSL site, which can create a bit of trust.
If both the redirects are Permanent 301, just go on with the client. No matter what happens, Client is always right :-) After the Landing Page Algorithm update by Google, permanent redirects can redirect all the SEO/SEM benefits to the landed page. But, if any one of the redirects are temporary, then it will harm your SEO/SEM effort, PageRank, Link Popularity, etc.