It is not very often that a luxury ex-presidential custom Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes up for sale, but if you are in the market now is the time to buy.
The current Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is selling his predecessor’s personal presidential aircraft, calling the plane a little too opulent for his office.
And he might be right with just how lavish this 787 truly is.
A look inside the Mexican president Boeing 787-8
The first thing to consider is the price tag: $218.7 million USD. It’s so expensive that the Mexican government believes they will have to take a $70 million dollar loss just to part ways, as the secondary market for custom 787’s is simply non-existent or at the very least humbly underdeveloped.
“To bring an aircraft to market can be very challenging, can take a long time, and would have to be at a significant discount to allow the sale to take place” – Daniel Hall, a senior analyst at Flight Ascend
However, it is worth mentioning that the plane is relatively cheap compared the gold coated equivalents found in the Middle East (like the recent Qatar Royal Family plane that was gifted away to Turkey).
The jet was also one of the original test 787-8 aircraft created by Boeing, that after the initial testing phase sat idle for a few years at the Boeing factory. Boeing then decided to ‘fix it up’ and sell it to a private buyer.
Many people who can afford to shop in this price bracket also don’t want to go through the process of buying, waiting and furnishing a new plane. The fact that this one is ready to go is a huge plus.
A computer rended film of the plane exists that showcases a few of the features.
Apart from the VIP areas of the plane, there are several other sections that include normal seating for presidential entourage and other staff members.
At the back of the plane, there are several bedrooms.
As well as ‘real’ bathrooms, that look like they could be in a luxury hotel.
For comparison’s sake, a jet like this could be rented for up to $70,000 an hour. This would make an eight-hour flight to Europe cost around $560,000 each way.
You can check out the completed video here:
The Mexican government is also selling an additional 60 planes and 70 helicopters.
Whilst the government sees the jet as an item of previous corruption, they do admit it was very useful to fly around in and cover their large country. The jet has been moved to a hanger in California until they find a buyer.
What do you think? Would you buy the jet for $100 million?