(MEXICO CITY) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador introduced the most recent in a collection of determined concepts Friday to dump his predecessor’s official jet, which he says is simply too luxurious for a rustic the place half the folks reside in poverty.
López Obrador stated he’s contemplating raffling off the aircraft by promoting six million raffle tickets at $25 apiece.
He provided to throw in a yr’s free working time in case the winner of the lottery-style scheme doesn’t have the cash to function the jet.
Mexican Twitter customers rapidly made the proposal a trending matter.
Individuals posted concepts about the place they might park the massive jet in the event that they gained it (clue: within the yard, as a result of it gained’t match within the storage), what sort of events they might throw aboard (beer-filled journeys to the Tremendous Bowl appeared in style) and what colours they might paint it (one person instructed shiny purple.) As to what they might do with it in the event that they gained, the preferred concept gave the impression to be turning it right into a stationary restaurant or taco stand.
López Obrador has floated 4 different concepts for promoting the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, after the $130 million jet didn’t discover a purchaser after yr on sale at a U.S. airstrip, the place it piled up about $1.5 million in upkeep prices.
He hasn’t stated but whether or not he’s contemplating a yard sale, however instructed that no concept has been dominated out.
“Assist me,” he pleaded with reporters at his morning information convention, clearly floundering for methods to eliminate the aircraft.
He stated he has met with businessmen, in search of concepts of methods to eliminate the white elephant.
The jet is dear to run and now configured to hold solely 80 folks, albeit with a full presidential suite with a bed room and personal bathtub; specialists say it will be too costly to reconfigure again right into a business airliner that usually carries as many as 300 passengers.
The austerity-minded president flies vacationer class, has turned the luxurious presidential compound into an arts middle and vowed by no means to step foot on the jet his predecessor purchased.
He has instructed bartering the aircraft in alternate for U.S. medical gear, or promoting it in shares to a gaggle of businessmen for government incentive applications. He has additionally provided to hire it out by the hour, in hopes of paying off the rest of excellent loans on the aircraft.