Boeing, US Air Force Confirm New Air Force One Negotiations

03 August, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One

Although the US Air Force (USAF) has chose to go ahead with its plans of buying two new aircraft to replace the current presidential transport, it still found a way to cut the cost of the $386.8 million price tag for each of the two 747s.

As president-elect, Trump tweeted that the "costs are out of control" for the new Air Force One planes and demanded, "Cancel order".

The US Air Force is reportedly purchasing a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners that were abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. The Air Force is negotiating with Boeing over the terms and requirements for the switchover from the two almost 30-year-old 747-200s that are now being used.

The Air Force is not expected to disclose the specific value of the contract, but officials said that the military is getting a good deal on the planes. The sources chose not to be identified as the deal has not yet been finalized or publicly announced.

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The person also told us that the move should reduce the cost of the program that will see the commercial jet converted for Presidential use rather than have two planes goal built from scratch. The airline placed their order in 2013 and Boeing built two of the aircraft in 2015. FlightAware route data shows the two 747s were last flown in February, when they traveled from Paine Field in Snohomish County, Washington, to their current storage facility in Mojave. However, a brand new Boeing 747-8I retails for $386.8 million.

Boeing sells 747-8s at about $390 million apiece, but defensive technologies, fancy interiors and other enhancements would massively add to the overall cost.

First lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump wave from the top of the stairway leading to Air Force One during a trip to Brussels in May. But later that year, the airline went bankrupt and was unable to pay for the planes.

The two likely-future-presidential-transport-aircraft are numbered N894BA and N895BA, according to Defense One.

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Defense One reported on August 1 that the Air Force and Boeing are negotiating over two 747-8s being stored at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California.

The vast majority of that price tag (it was actually $3.73 billion) is not the planes themselves but the upgrades that will turn them into secure flying White Houses.

The current planes are 747-200s, which have been in service for nearly 30 years. The Air Force needs to replace these planes with more modern technology and more efficient aircraft.

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