Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Enrique Peña Nieto will travel in style, aboard Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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.

Mar. 26, 2014 - Memo to Boeing CEO: Cancel Mexico's Dreamliner order

2013
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.
Jan. 17 - Aeroméxico not worried about Boeing 787 fuel leak issue - but All Nippon sure is

2012
Dec. 1 - Peña Nieto takes oath of office before Mexico's congress, but not everyone was applauding
Nov. 30 - Enrique Peña Nieto takes the helm in Mexico City
Nov. 27 - Mexico prepares to change the guard

Mexican economy grew at more than double the U.S. rate in second quarter of 2012
Enrique Peña Nieto's biggest challenges will be economy and environment, not drug cartels

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