Boeing wins $3.9B contract for Air Force One replacement planes

Boeing wins $3.9B contract for Air Force One replacement planes

Trump revealed the changes in an interview with CBS anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland.

The paint job set for the new fleet of Air Force One planes will abandon the traditional baby blue design, established in 1962 with President Kennedy, for a red, white and blue scheme, President Donald Trump said in an interview with CBS News.

Although Air Force One is widely believed to be the Boeing 747 jet which usually carries the president, it is actually the call sign given to any plane that is carrying the Commander-in-Chief.

After months of negotiation, the White House announced in February that it had reached a deal with Boeing for two new airplanes at a total cost of $3.9 billion.

"Boeing gave us a good deal", Trump told CBS, adding that he saved $1.5 billion on the project.

President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy worked with NY designer Raymond Loewy on the presidential aircraft's look in the 1960s, according to the New England Historical Society.

Trump told CBS that after almost three decades, the plane was long overdue for an upgrade.

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The White House says the current aircraft, the presidential version of the Boeing 747, are almost 30 years old. "And it's going to be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate".

The president said the new redesign "is going to be incredible", "top of the line", and "top in the world".

"Red, white and blue", Mr. Trump said. "And we were able to take that", CBS quoted Trump as saying.

According to Boeing, the two new 747-8 planes are created to be an airborne White House, each with a communications suite, internal and external stairs, large galleys and other equipment.

Boeing said in a statement in February that it was "proud to build the next generation of Air Force One, providing American presidents with a flying White House at outstanding value to taxpayers". The President requested the planes be ready 2021, at the beginning of a potential second term - three years sooner than the original plan of 2024.

In December 2016, Trump tweeted that an order for new planes at more than $4 billion was too much to pay Boeing.

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