Mexico Government to sell/barter Boeing 787 BBJ

Reuters have reported that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has made selling the Boeing 787 Dreamliner of his predecessor a priority of his campaign to be viewed as a more frugal government.

Operated by the Mexican Air Force, serial TP-01, the aircraft is a 787-8 BBJ built in 2010 & currently stored in Victorville, Calif. since December 2018.

The Mexican Air Force also operated a 1987 built Boeing 757-200, serial TP-02, which is now also taken out of service & stored at Mexico City.

Still in service with the air force are three Embraer ERJ-145.

Jorge Mendoza, who heads a state-owned development bank involved in the sale, told media at a news conference the president had instructed him not to offload the BBJ, other aircraft and helicopters on sale, for less than their value.

“The offer is in cash and also a part in medical equipment,” Mendoza said, adding that he could not yet give more details or identify the buyer for reasons of confidentiality.

López Obrador wants to sell the BBJ, which he views as an extravagance. The president flies commercial, including for his first trip abroad last week to Washington with layovers both ways.