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New Mexican Presidential Plane to Cost Over $500 Million

Mexican President's Plane

The new Mexican presidential airplane ordered in the final year of the 2006-2012 presidential term of Felipe Calderon, will cost over 6.77 billion pesos ($505 million) and will have the capacity to carry more than 200 passengers.

Mexico took formal delivery of the aircraft, after which it immediately took off for the United States, where it will be equipped and prepared for the use of President Enrique Peña Nieto starting in September 2015.

Currently, the Mexican presidential plane is a TP-01 christened with the name of President Benito Juarez (1806-1872) the first indigenous citizen to become president. It was acquired in 1987 and has a private cabin, with 26 executive-class seats and a capacity for only 66 passengers.

The newest aircraft, a Boeing-787 Dreamliner, landed at Santa Lucia airbase in the central state of Mexico, officials said.

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