The businessman Gustavo Jiménez Pons, president of GBS Air Enterprise, went to the office of elected president Andrés Manuel López Obrador to show his interest in the purchase of the presidential plane TP-01 currently used by President Enrique Peña Nieto for the work trips .
Interviewed in the transitional office, he acknowledged that he was the cousin of Rogelio Jiménez Pons, appointed by López Obrador as future general director of the National Tourism Promotion Fund. He said, however, that he is over 23 years old and has no contact with his uncle.
Gustavo Jiménez Pons offered to pay a "fair" price of 1,900 million pesos for the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, although according to Obrador, the Mexican government paid 7,500 million pesos.
He said that he conducted a survey through transparency and found that the presidential plane José María Morelos y Pavón cost 125 million $ 45,000.
He added that if accepted, he would ask to rent the presidential hangar to keep the current TP-01.
Jiménez Pons said that, in the event that Obrador accepts his offer, he would occupy the presidential ship as an air taxi to transfer international personalities or known groups such as the Rolling Stones, or non-governmental agents.
He also left open the possibility of renting the plane to the government, so that López Obrador complies with international obligations. He said that in that case the government would have to pay only $ 20,000 per hour, which is the cost of driving the aircraft.
"So that, in its capacity as president, the aircraft can use to support international obligations, the foregoing will be carried out under the premise that the government will only cover the costs of flight and operation of the aircraft, always in compliance with the directives. for transparency and sobriety, "he said.
It was pronounced because Obrador will accept this option because he believes that as head of state he must adapt to the protocols of international diplomacy and not travel on commercial flights.
"It's not about an individual person, it's about presidential investiture," he said.
Finally, he said that he is also interested in acquiring a part of the government's aircraft and helicopter fleet, of which Obrador said that it would also sell.