Remember that months ago President Trump just before he took office publicly negotiated the price of replacing the two old presidential jets with Boeing, and he made a promise that he will lower those prices.
Apparently, that will happen sooner than expected, according to Defense News, the Air Force is finalizing a deal with Boeing to get two already-built new 747-8 passenger jets that never went to the original purchaser.
The purchaser who never received those jets was Russian airline Transaero, who went to bankruptcy in 2015 and canceled the two already-built jets. So, the planes never went to them and were sent to “boneyard”, a huge aircraft storage which is located in the Mojave Desert.
The Air Force surely got a better deal by buying two already-built jets from the boneyard than it would by ordering jets that would have to be built from scratch.
New jets like these ones cost nearly $390 million, but the amount will go up due to additional costs after the purchase, as the jets will be upgraded to fit the president’s needs.
“We’re working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft and expect to award a contract soon,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said. Pentagon will make an official announcement once the deal is finalized next week.
Boeing spokeswoman Caroline Hutcheson said, “We’re still working toward a deal to provide two 747-8s to the Air Force — this deal is focused on providing a great value for the Air Force and the best price for the taxpayer.”
Trump made a promise that he would lower the cost to taxpayers of replacing the Air Force One presidential jets that the government ordered, and as always, he kept his promise.
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