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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced plans to give away the country’s presidential jet: a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner. (The aircraft is Mexico’s version of the United States’ Air Force One planes.)
In an effort to curb spending, President Lopez Obrador insists on flying commercially instead of taking the country’s tricked out plane.
The President has tried to offload the jet because, as the New York Post‘s Jorge Fitz-Gibbon writes, “He said the money from the sale of the presidential aircraft could be put to better use helping the country’s poor.”
He tried selling it Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who turned down the offer because “he too thought it was more luxurious than he needed.”
NPR’s Carrie Kahn reports, “Soon after taking office in December 2018, López Obrador sent the plane to a hangar in Victorville, Calif., and searched for a buyer. But a year later, with maintenance costs mounting to more than $1 million, he brought the Dreamliner home to look for other alternatives.”
Raffle tickets will apparently be available to Mexican constituents for a price of 500 pesos each (almost $27).
Ms. Kahn says proceeds will “go toward medical equipment and hospitals offering free care for the poor.”
The raffle is scheduled for May 5 — which is, of course, Cinco de Mayo.
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