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Mexico's presidential jet to be put up for sale

IANS  |  Mexico City 

Mexico's presidential jet was flown Monday to the facility in Victorville, California, where it will be housed until being sold by order of the new president,

The 787-8 took off around 11 am from the presidential hangar at the City International Airport, reports

The aircraft was acquired in 2012 by then-Felipe Calderon, although it did not arrive in until February 2016, during the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto, amid criticism for its $218.7 million price tag.

The Southern Logistics Airport in is home to AOG, where mechanics and other technicians perform specialized repairs, maintenance and modifications on

It will remain there during the sale process, whereby the will seek to "maximize the value of the aircraft," the said, making every effort to avoid taking a loss on the transaction.

on Sunday personally reviewed the status of the plane, which can carry 80 passengers and is equipped with a full bathroom, a bedroom and an office for the

"Not Obama, not Trump ... not Lopez Obrador," the wrote on Twitter, referring to the words of Lopez Obrador, who during his election campaign claimed that not even US presidents had such a luxurious plane.

has always said that he would not use the plane because its cost was "an offense to the public."

So far, the new has opted to travel on commercial airlines as part of what he calls "republican austerity."

Other measures under that policy have included slashing his own salary by 60 per cent and deciding to continue living in his home instead of moving into the presidential palace, which he says he plans to transform into a space for art and culture.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 06:22 IST