- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico is fulfilling a campaign promise by selling the private jet used by President Enrique Peña Nieto, deeming the aircraft “too lavish.”
- Reuters reports that the presidential jet in question is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner valued at $US218 million.
- It will be sold off along with 60 government planes and 70 helicopters.
- López Obrador was inaugurated as Mexico’s president on Saturday.
Mexico’s newly inaugurated President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is to set to make some sweeping changes. His first order of business is to sell the presidential jet used by his predecessor.
According to Bloomberg, López Obrador’s decision to sell the plane, which he deemed “too lavish,” is the fulfillment of a campaign promise.
The plane in question is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that was acquired by the Mexican government in March 2016 and used by President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Reuters reports that López Obrador told a rally in Xalapa, Veracruz, on Saturday near the end of his first full day as president, “We are selling all the planes and helicopters that the corrupt politicians used,” as the crowd roared its approval.
The $US218 million presidential jet will be sold off along with 60 government planes and 70 helicopters, Reuters reported.
According to AirFleets.net, the Mexican jet was the sixth Boeing Dreamliner ever produced and made its first flight on October 4, 2010. The aircraft was part of an early batch of Boeing 787s that rolled off the line while the company worked through production issues.
The plane sat for half a decade before the Mexican Air Force decided to convert the airliner for use as a presidential transport.
Mexican Finance Minister Carlos Urzúa allowed journalists and photographers to tour the interior of the plane on Saturday.
Here’s a closer look at the Mexican president’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner private jet.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was the first in a new generation of ultra-fuel-efficient wide-body airliners.
The 787-8 is the smallest of the three Dreamliner variants and carries a list price of $US239 million.
It’s powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B turbofan engines and has a range of nearly 8,500 miles.
The Mexican presidential jet was the sixth Dreamliner to be built and first flew on October 4, 2010.
It was acquired from Boeing in 2016 and converted from an airliner to use as a VIP transport.
It’s one of a handful of Boeing Dreamliners to be have been turned into private jets.
The plane is named after Mexican revolutionary leader and Roman Catholic priest José María Morelos y Pavón.
Naturally, the cabin of the jet is emblazoned with the presidential seal.
You won’t find traditional airline seats here. Instead, the interior has been designed for work and relaxation.
Here’s the large TV at the center of the cabin.
Rich wood veneer abounds.
Here is a look at a restroom on the plane complete with stone countertops.
Here’s a look inside the Dreamliner’s state-of-the-art digital cockpit.
And here is a look at the pilots’ rest area.
The aircraft will be sold off along with 60 government planes and 70 helicopters.
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