Do you still think Mexico is a poor country?

I used to, too.

According to the CIA world factbook, thanks to NAFTA, Mexico's economy grew to the 11th largest in 2019.

Did you know Mexico recently bought one of the most expensive Presidential airplanes? Prepare to be surprised!
In February of 2016, Mexico's shiny, brand new Boeing 787 dreamliner arrived, at a price of $218.7 million dollars (USD). It was named "José María Morelos y Pavón".

It became the aircraft of President Enrique Peña Nieto, a member of the powerful Mexican PRI political party.
Mexico's new Presidential plane was outfitted with a luxurious custom interior, redundant satellite data and advanced telecommunications capabilities.

The official Presidential seal can be seen at the front of the cabin.
Many Americans might be surprised when they realize how the President of Mexico and his administration were traveling in complete luxury around the world.

Pictured here is a dining and conference table in the main cabin of the new Mexican Presidential airplane.
Invited guests could relax and travel in comfort next to the artificial fireplace.

The aircraft is owned by the Mexican Secretaría de Defensa Nacional (Sedena) (Dept. of Defense) and operated by the Mexican Air Force.
This was Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's plane, as he travelled around the world.

The aircraft was financed by Mexican banking concern Banobras. In May of 2019, the Reforma newspaper reported "possible acts of corruption" detected at Banobras by the new administration.
Prior to the 787 dreamliner, Mexico's Presidential plane was the Boeing 757 purchased in this picture, "Juarez"

Years ago, President Fox told me I was one of the only Americans to have ever been in this plane.

I remember it well. The interior wasn't anything like the one above.
In late 2018, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) took over as Mexico's 58th President with his MORENA political party.

To set an example of his new agenda of austerity, AMLO promised to sell Mexico's luxurious Presidential airplane.
The Mexican people noticed immediately as AMLO was seen traveling on regular commercial flights, often taking selfies with passengers in the economy section.

This dramatic change between the policies of the Mexican PRI and AMLO's MORENA party won AMLO high ratings with voters.
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