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Mexico’s New President is Selling His Version of Air Force One and Flying Commercial Instead

You can now board a commercial flight and find the person sitting next to you be the President of Mexico. During his Presidential campaign, Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed to sell the presidential plane a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner TP-01. Well he actually kept his promise and vows to use that money to help his country’s poorer communities.

“I will not get on the presidential plane. I would be embarrassed. My face would be filled with shame if I board such a luxurious plane in a country with so much poverty,” López Obrador said in a video posted to Twitter in September.

Just a few days since becoming the President, Obrador took a commercial airline to the Gulf state of Veracruz.

Currently the luxurious presidential plane is at a Southern California Logistics Airport getting evaluated for sale. The airplane, named José María Morelos y Pavón, was acquired in November 2012 by the Mexican government for $218.7 million. Its price tag caused some controversy and the plane was not put into use until 2016, after former president Enrique Peña Nieto commissioned a study that determined the government would lose a lot of money on a sale of the aircraft.

Photos of the plane, Mexico’s version of Air Force One, show wide leather seats, a double bed and a spacious bathroom with a shower. In total Mexican officials plan to sell around 60 airplanes and 70 helicopters belonging to the federal government.

This is a bold move for the new president, we will see if things actually change for the better,

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