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President-elect Donald Trump announced on Twitter today that he wants to cancel the Defense Department’s contract with Boeing for new 747-8 aircraft. Currently, the Air Force One fleet has two 747-200 aircraft, which are set to be replaced with the newer and more fuel efficient 747-8. Chicago-based Boeing and the Pentagon announced the deal for the new aircraft in January, but the President-elect wants to see the deal be canceled.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
According to Reuters, the initial contract was for about $26 million, which was to be used toward the initial research, and the Defense Department followed that funding with an additional $127.3 million to be used for developing interior, power and electronic specifications. In addition, the Air Force said that it’d dedicated $1.65 billion for the two new 747-8s. The new 747-8s were supposed to begin operation in 2023, taking over for the aging 747-200s, which will then have well-surpassed the 30-year service life by about six years.
“We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money,” Trump said in the lobby of Trump Tower not long after the tweet was sent out.
The newer -8s have a longer flight range and faster cruise speed. If the order were to be canceled, as Trump hopes for, it’s not clear if he’d plan to fly with the outdated -200s in the Air Force One fleet or if he’d maintain his personal fleet of aircraft — including his beloved Boeing 757, which would require refueling on longer routes.
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