The two aircraft will cost approximately what was advertised in the first place….
4$ Billion …..
A typical brand new Boeing 747-8 Icosts around $403 Million…
Donald Trump upon becoming President was surprised at the cost of the two possible aircraft and vowed to cut costs….The Air Force then went to Boeing who sold them two aircraft originally oredered by a Russian airline (don’t laugh )…
The White House Military office stuck to the origanl price tag and Trump then spoke to the President of Boeing and annouced he’d made a ‘deal’ to cut the costs of the aircraft by Billion dollars….
That was year ago…
As with the White House Military office usuala operating?
The requirements for the President’s transportation has gone up….
The same process happened back on the new Marine Helicopter purchase that skyrocketed their costs and ended up cancelling an early replacement helicoter fleet…
Now it has been reported that the two Air Force Presiddntial jets price tag has climbed back up to the $4 Billion that Trump said he cut. down by 25%..
Two new Air Force One aircraft are still projected to cost $4 billion, despite President Trump’s claims he negotiated with Boeing to take $1 billion off the price tag, Pentagon documents reveal.
The figures appear in a document released yesterday as part of the U.S. Defense Department’s 2019 budget proposal. They provide the U.S. Air Force’s first public update on the planes’ projected cost since last May.
Service officials and Boeing — which makes the planes and will oversee their transformation into a flying White House — say they are still looking for ways to lower the price.
“We continue working with the Air Force towards a best value approach to the [Air Force One] program,” said Todd Blecher, a Boeing spokesman.
The document — formally, Research, Development, Test &Evaluation, Air Force, Vol. 2 — indicates that the Air Force has already paid $1 billion to Boeing for two airframes and the engineering work needed in advance of their conversion into a VIP configuration. It says the service expects to spend another $2.9 billion between 2019 and 2023 on the two planes. And it says that the “cost to complete” is “continuing” — a sign that more money would be needed beyond the five-year budget proposal.
The Air Force, in its budget proposal sent to Congress this week, asks lawmakers to approve $673 million for some modification work that would be done fiscal 2019.
While last year’s Air Force budget proposal boasted about saving $191.6 million on the project, this year’s mentions no such savings….
The only thing cut from the aircrafts was the inflight refueling system….
I doubt that an Air Force One has ever done a aireal refueling with a President on board…