Trump to Boeing: ‘Cancel Order’ for New Air Force One

By Jesse Sokolow on 6 December 2016
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DSC_0313 (1)President-elect Donald Trump indicated he wanted to cancel a pending order for a replacement for the current Air Force One, saying that the cost was prohibitive.

“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!,” he said in Twitter.

The move appeared to take Boeing by surprise.

“We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States,” the aircraft manufacturer said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer.”

The current 747s that are used as Air Force One – there are actually two of them – are 747-200B jets which were ordered by President Ronald Reagan and put into service under his successor, President George Bush. Air Force One currently has an office and bedroom for use by the president, a cabin for reporters traveling with the president, and meeting rooms.

The replacements, which are slated to be delivered by 2023, are more advanced and should be capable of flying greater distances.

The statement by Mr. Trump raises the question of whether he would prefer to travel using his own Boeing 757 jet, although it is unlikely the Secret Service would allow it to be used to carry the president due to safety and security issues.

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