MEXICO CITY, MEXICO — During a morning press conference On Oct. 4, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico confirmed that the administration is working on establishing a government-owned airline that would be run by the Olmeca-Maya-Mexica state enterprise.

According to Mr. Obrador, the airline would fly a fleet of ten leased planes to locations not currently served by other carriers. With the possibility of beginning operations in 2023, an economic feasibility study will be conducted.

He also indicated that the presidential plane could be part of this initiative. The aircraft is a Boeing 787 and was acquired by the previous government for presidential use. Obrador refused to use the aircraft when he took the lead because it was very luxurious and extravagant.

Mexico City-based Aeroméxico is the country's largest airline, with 103 active aircraft. The airline operates scheduled flights to more than 90 destinations in Mexico, North / South / Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia with its all-Boeing fleet.