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White House, Boeing reached $3.9bn informal agreement for new Air Force One.

| 2018

The US President Donald Trump and Boeing reportedly strucked an "informal deal" for the purchase of two new Air Force One aircraft, based on the Boeing 747-8 jumbo jet, the White House said on Tuesday. The new VIP transport jets will replace the two modified 747-200Bs in service since 1990 for an estimated cost of US$3.9 bn.

White House Boeing reached 3001 An rendering of next-generation Air Force One will likely look like
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President Trump has reached an informal deal with Boeing on a fixed-price contract for the new Air Force One Program,” Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told Reuters news agency.

President Trump negotiated a good deal on behalf of the American people,” Boeing said in a news release. Earlier this month, the Pentagon released US Air Force budget documents for FY 2019 disclosing the US$3.9 billion cost for the program.

In September 2017, the US Air Force awarded a contract modification for just under $600 million to Boeing on for preliminary design efforts for the next presidential aircraft.

These aircraft will start providing worldwide presidential airlift support in 2024, after a series of modifications and tests. Boeing will modify their Federal Aviation Administration-certified commercial 747-8 aircraft to meet presidential operational requirements to help ensure an affordable program.

In March 2017, following a series of requirements reviews, the White House reaffirmed the minimum set of requirements necessary to meet presidential mission needs. The modifications to the aircraft will include incorporating a mission communications system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an executive interior, a self-defense system and autonomous ground operations capabilities.




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