Boeing gets $3.9 billion contract for new Air Force One jets

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

"Air Force One is going to be incredible", Trump said in the interview with CBS, which took place over the weekend and was aired on Tuesday.

'Anyone who doubts how strongly Americans feel about the way Air Force One looks should go to the Reagan Library in California and see how many people go there to look at the plane that Ronald Reagan flew on while he was President, ' he said.

That agreement came after President Donald Trump objected to the $4 billion price tag of a previous Air Force One deal, complaining in a Twitter post that "costs are out of control" and adding "Cancel order!"

1st Class Brian Dietrick
1st Class Brian Dietrick

Boeing agreed in February to a $3.9 billion contract with the Air Force to modify two 747-8 aircraft to update the presidential transport.

Shortly after his election, Trump complained that Boeing was over charging the United States for the new plane, and pressured the aerospace company to cut costs in what has been a years-long negotiation.

The new livery depicting the colors of the American flag will replace the current white and light blue design, which President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy selected.

Air Force One, carrying President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, arrives in Vantaa, Finland, on July 15.

US President Donald Trump has announced plans to repaint the next model of the presidential aircraft. "And it's gonna be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate". In the CBS interview, Trump expanded on that claim, saying that he "was able to save US$1.5 billion".

Trump also reportedly wants to make his bed on the presidential plane larger and more comfortable.

"Costs are out of control", Trump tweeted in December 2016. Today, that means one of two highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft.

Trump said the project has just gotten started, but he hopes to have the planes ready by 2021, three years sooner than the original plan of 2024.

Boeing said in a statement in February that it was "proud to build the next generation of Air Force One, providing American presidents with a flying White House at outstanding value to taxpayers".

'I hate to say this, it's gonna be a long time.

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