- President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico is fulfilling a campaign promise by selling the private jet used by former President Pena Nieto, deeming the aircraft “too lavish.”
- Reuters reports that the presidential jet in question is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner valued at $218 million.
- It will be sold off along with 60 government planes and 70 helicopters.
- Lopez Obrador was inaugurated as Mexico’s President on Saturday.
Mexico’s newly inaugurated President Andres Manuel Lopez 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, Lopez Obrador’s decision to sell the plane, which he deemed to be “too lavish,” is the fulfillment of a campaign promise.
The plane in question is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner acquired by the Mexican government in March 2016 and was used by former President Pena Nieto.
Reuters reports that Lopez 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 $218 million-presidential jet that 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 Urzua 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 is the first in a new generation of ultra-fuel-efficient wideboy airliners.
The 787-8 is the smallest of the three Dreamliner variants and carries a list price of $239 million.
It’s powered by a pair of General Electric GEnx-1B turbofan engines and has a range of nearly 8,500 miles.