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The Week in Aerospace: Jackpot! Presidential Plane to be Raffled?

By Alessa Flores | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 16:11

On Friday President Andrés Manuel López Obrador clarified that the presidential aircraft ' José María Morelos y Pavón ' has five options for its sale. One of them is to circumvent it in the National Lottery, given the efforts to sell it have not been successful.  The proposed lottery  will be funded by 6 million MX$500 tickets each, accompanied by one or two-year operational service to the winner of the plane. On the other hand, the government is exploring other options to sale the plane, among them is the offer of US$125 million for the presidential plane and to formally exchange the plane for medical devices for medical equipment for public hospitals. Now let's jump in the Week of Aerospace!

 

NATIONAL

  • Mexico's President Andres Manuel López Obrador floated on Friday the idea of raffling off his predecessor's $130 million jet after the government's efforts to sell the aircraft over the past year had come to a halt. One choice is to discharge the plane into the raffle, where six million tickets will be sold to the national lottery by approximately MX$500 (US$ 26.70) each.

 

  • Carlos Duarte, General Manager of Human Capital Development on Space Field, Mexican Space Agency (AEM), emphasized that the aerospace industry in Baja California has a huge potential due to its proximity to the US, during video-conference with NASA officials in Silicon Valley.

 

  • IPN will open Aeronautics career in Tecámac to meet the demand of the Airport in Santa Lucia. By the end of 2020, IPN’s Director Mario Alberto Rodríguez Casas, said it will seek new careers in Artificial Intelligence, Photonics, Mathematical Algorithms and Energy Systems Engineering, Bachelors of Arts in Data Science, Urban Mobility and Digital Business, among others.

 

  • The lack of 737 MAX equipment has affected Aeromexico pilots, who have seen their flight hours reduced. This has affected the reduction of some benefits that the staff could count on, such as productivity bonuses, said Rafael Covarrubias, general secretary of the Aviator Pilots Trade Union Association (ASPA). According to Andrés Conesa, CEO of the airline, Aeromexico planned to conclude 2019 with the participation of 13,373 MAX-teams, to which the airline planned to add another 20 aircrafts by 2020.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

  • Boeing lost orders for 87 commercial aircrafts for all of 2019, which means it had more cancelations than new purchases, the company said Tuesday. The final tally included the cancelation of three orders in December, when customers changed plans to purchase 787 Dreamliners. The negative number is especially painful when compared with European rival Airbus, which logged orders for 768 new planes for 2019.
Alessa Flores Alessa Flores Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst