Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says that private jets are for the “neoliberal elite” so the populist chooses to fly commercial. Today he’s heading to the U.S. for a visit with President Trump. There aren’t currently non-stop flights between Mexico City and Washington DC. So he’s taking Delta, flying coach, and connecting in Atlanta.
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Here’s the Mexican President ensconced in an exit row aisle seat on board Delta flight DL366 from Mexico City. His aides were smart to choose Delta, since unlike United and American which could have gotten him between Mexico City and Washington DC today Delta limits their loads to block middle seats. His flight left 11 minutes early, and arrived in Atlanta 23 minutes early. It will be nearly midnight when he reaches his hotel.
Mexico’s President hasn’t taken a trip abroad since assuming office in 2018. While taking a hard line against President Trump prior to becoming President, Trump last month called Obrador a “really great guy.” In private Trump has reportedly called Obrador “Juan Trump” seeing the man as an outsider similar to himself.
The Mexican government has a Boeing 787-8 for Presidential use but ‘AMLO’ won’t use it, or other Air Force aircraft owned by the government. The 787 is stored in Southern California, and prospects now to sell it are worse than they were before the global pandemic for sure. Still, he’ll have received diplomatic immigration on arrival – his travel experiences are different than those of the average Mexican citizen.