“We are currently under contract for $170m to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the president of the United States. We look forward to working with the US Air Force on subsequent phases of the programme, allowing us to deliver the best planes for the president at the best value for the American taxpayer.”
Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher
US President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to cut government costs by cancelling the order for new planes to carry the American president.
Six weeks ahead of taking office, Trump tweeted: “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!”
The government has a contract with Boeing to build two or more new planes. They would enter service around 2024. Boeing shares fell more than 1% after the president-elect’s tweet. [BBC NEWS]
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