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posted : Dec 05, 2016

Donald Trump takes on Boeing's bad deal for new Air Force One

" Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" tweeted President-elect Donald Trump.

 By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post

Air Force One. Boeing plans to replace the two aging 747-200 aircraft that serve as Air Force One with two new, modified 747-8 planes.

 

" Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" tweeted President-elect Donald Trump.

 

Air Force One.The Air Force pledged to "keep costs down" when it awarded the initial development contract to Boeing in January, but said the replacements are necessary.

 

Shortly after his tweet, he told reporters at Trump Tower: "“The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for Air Force One program and I think it’s ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”

The Air Force signed deals with Boeing in January and July to design certain aspects of the new presidential aircraft, including its interior, electrical and power system, and maintenance systems.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated in March that the entire program would cost about $3.2 billion from the 2010 through 2020 fiscal years, including $2 billion for research and development.

The subject was brought up by the news reporters including Georgia Weekly Post during the morning presidential Transition media briefing on Tuesday.

▲  It is not clear whether Trump, who owns a Boeing 757 that he uses as his personal aircraft, would or could intervene to halt the Air Force One deal after he takes office in January.

 

A Boeing spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An Air Force spokesman said the military did not have an immediate comment on Trump's exhortation.

Boeing plans to replace the two aging 747-200 aircraft that serve as Air Force One with two new, modified 747-8 planes.

The Air Force pledged to "keep costs down" when it awarded the initial development contract to Boeing in January, but said the replacements are necessary.

"Parts obsolescence, diminishing manufacturing sources and increased downtimes for maintenance are existing challenges that will increase until a new aircraft is fielded,” Col. Amy McCain, manager of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, in a statement at the time.

 

Giving up his private plane, President- elect Donald Trump is moving up to Airforce One.

 

The undersecretary of defense approved the plan to replace Air Force One in September 2015.

The goal was to replace the aircraft by the 2024 fiscal year.

It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether Trump, who owns a Boeing 757 that he uses as his personal aircraft, would or could intervene to halt the Air Force One deal after he takes office in January.

 

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