Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mexico has new presidential airplane

Mexico's new presidential airplane was for several hours on the runway of a military airbase near this capital for its formal delivery, before returning to the United States to be fully equipped, the press reported Friday.

The aircraft, a Boeing-787 Dreamliner, landed at Santa Lucia airbase in the central state of Mexico, officials cited in the newspapers said.

Mexico took formal delivery of the aircraft, after which it immediately took off for the United States, where it will be equipped and prepared for the use of President Enrique Peña Nieto starting in September 2015.

The airplane, ordered in the final year of the 2006-2012 term in office of Felipe Calderon, will cost over 6.77 billion pesos ($505 million) and will have the capacity to carry more than 200 passengers.

The current presidential plane, a TP-01 christened with the name of Benito Juarez (1806-1872), the first indigenous citizen to become president, was acquired in 1987 and has a private cabin, with 26 executive-class seats and a capacity for 66 passengers.

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