Mexico's new president is selling his version of Air Force One and flying commercial instead

The Boeing 787-8 presidential aircraft was acquired in 2012 for $218.7 million. Now it's going on sale.

(CNN)Can you imagine boarding a commercial flight and finding out the person sitting next to you is the President of Mexico? It could actually happen.

It's only been three days since Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office, but some of his campaign promises are already in motion.
During his leftist bid for presidency, Lopez Obrador vowed to sell the presidential plane -- a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner TP-01 -- and use the proceeds to help his country's poorer communities.
"I will not get on the presidential plane. I would be embarrassed. My face would be filled with shame if I board such a luxurious plane in a country with so much poverty," López Obrador said in a video posted to Twitter in September.
    True to his word, just one day after taking office López Obrador flew on a commercial airline to the Gulf state of Veracruz. The President was photographed at Mexico City International Airport traveling just like any other passenger, reported CNN affiliate ForoTV.
    A video posted to Twitter showed López Obrador in what appeared to be coach class. At least he had a window seat.