- 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.