Mexico to sell its governmental Dreamliner

Photo: © Presidencia de la República Mexicana (Presidency of Mexico)

The Mexican Air Force is in the process of selling the country’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which was used for government flights.

Delivered to the Latin American country in February 2016, the 787-8, registered as XC-MEX, or TP-01, is now flying to Victorville, California in the United States. The aircraft, named after Jose Maria Morelos, will be stored at the airport until a new buyer can be found.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the current president of Mexico, assumed office on December 1st, 2018. He made the sale of the governmental jet, along with dozens of other aircraft used by the Mexican Air Force, a central campaign promise. López Obrador called the jet, which had an estimated price of more than $300 million, “an offense to the people of Mexico” and “lavish and ridiculous”.

The government of Mexico will sell a total of 60 airplanes and 70 helicopters.

Mexico’s Boeing 787 is not the only Dreamliner in a business configuration, which is looking for a new buyer. HNA’s ‘2-DEER’ business jet, a 787-8 used for luxury charter flights, is also up for sale.