Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says that private jets are for the “neoliberal elite” so he flies commercial. Former U.S. President Trump called the leader to the South “Juan Trump,” seeing him as a similar ‘outsider’ to the elite class.
Mexican President ‘AMLO’ refused use of his government’s VIP-configured Boeing 787-8, and had it stored in the Southern California desert. After years of trying, the plane has finally been sold to the government of Tajikistan for approximately $92 million. Tajikistan is one of the world’s poorest countries, and is surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Informo al pueblo de México que hoy se celebró el contrato de compra-venta del avión presidencial. El gobierno de Tayikistán depositó mil 658 millones 684 mil 400 pesos, de conformidad con el avalúo oficial, a la cuenta del Instituto para Devolver al Pueblo lo Robado. Este dinero… pic.twitter.com/ILw0IDlSn6
— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) April 21, 2023
I inform the people of Mexico that the purchase-sale contract for the presidential plane was concluded today. The government of Tajikistan deposited 1,658,684,400 pesos, in accordance with the official appraisal, to the account of the Institute to Return the Stolen to the People. This money will be invested in two hospitals, in Tlapa, Guerrero and in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, which will be built by military engineers and inaugurated before the end of our term.
Here’s AMLO flying Delta coach:
📹 Isabella González pic.twitter.com/aGZIMpwFyk
— REFORMA (@Reforma) July 7, 2020
The aircraft had been expected to become part of the fleet of a rebooted Mexicana Airlines to be owned by the government and run by the military. Due to safety concerns a new Mexicana wouldn’t even be permitted to fly to the United States.
The Presidential Boeing 787 was reportedly purchased for $218 million, though that seems high. They’d expected to sell it for $150 million when they Lopez Obrador assumed office in 2018.