Mexico's luxe presidential plane draws potential bidders

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-25 10:13:51|Editor: Li Xia
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MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The luxurious presidential plane, which Mexico's austerity-minded new president put up for auction, has attracted potential bidders, the government said on Wednesday.

Buyers from eight countries have expressed an interest in acquiring the 80-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which comes complete with a master bedroom, shower, meeting rooms and flat-screen TVs, and cost some 218.7 million U.S. dollars.

"We are now receiving offers from potential buyers," Jorge Mendoza Sanchez, the director general of the state-run National Bank of Works and Public Services (Banobras), said at a press conference.

"To date we got 14 offers to purchase the plane from eight different countries," Mendoza added.

Anyone interested in the luxury aircraft, or a bevy of other government-owned planes and helicopters, can register until April 29 for the upcoming auctions, which will be carried out with the help of the United Nations Office for Project Services.

The luxurious presidential plane was bought by ex-President Felipe Calderon and was to be paid for over a 15-year period. When President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1, he pledged to do away with government squandering and wasteful luxuries.