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Including service contract, a billion dollar aircraft order is delivered to U.S. manufacturing giant
Mexico's president-elect will take office exactly four months from today, on Dec. 1, notwithstanding the efforts of his defeated leftist opponent to snatch away the office with "legal" arguments which one needs a daily scorecard to follow. Memo to Andrés Manuel López Obrador: "Ya basta".
The federal government announced recently that an order has been placed for a new presidential aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It's scheduled to be delivered in 2015, at a cost of $750 million USD. But with the maintenance contract factored in, the real price tag will be almost $1.2 billion.
The country's Secretaría de Hacienda said the flagship will be paid for over 25 years, which is close to its estimated lifespan.
Mexican presidents have traditionally relied upon ordinary commercial aircraft, but the decision was made to purchased a dedicated unit. The 787 will be outfitted with state of the art communications and security equipment.
The Dreamliner, delayed about three years by testing setbacks, went into service in October 2011. The first one was delivered to Japan's All Nippon Airways.
The Everett, Washington aircraft manufacturer has received lots of good news lately. Boeing execs surely must have had an end of the month party. Aeroméxico places huge order with Boeing.
Nov. 29 - When I originally posted this story four months ago, I neglected to provide the customary link(s) to my source(s), which I almost invariably do. But I have no doubt that the purchase price of this aircraft was listed as $750 million USD. Then several weeks ago more articles appeared in the Mexican press about the acquisition, most of them highly critical of the government's decision to spend so much money on a single aircraft. Those stories listed the price at about $375 million. A website I consulted says the base cost of the Boeing 787 is around $200-$250 million - but that's for the plain vanilla commercial version. Could a base sticker price of $250 million increase three fold just because the presidential aircraft will purportedly carry the most advanced communications, navigation and security equipment ever placed on board such a unit? I don't know, but perhaps that explains the varying numbers which have been published by major press sources in recent weeks. Whatever the cost, Peña Nieto's new wings may well be snazzier and more sophisticated than Air Force One.
Jan. 19 - Peña Nieto's new Dreamliner will be delivered with the fuel leak fixed, this writer says - and with a price tag of almost $6 billion pesos. At the current exchange rate, that's about $475 million US.
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