The aerospace giant offered the Air Force a substantial undisclosed discount on the $387 million list price of each plane, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The Air Force will reportedly attempt to lower costs on a pair of new presidential planes by buying two Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline.
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Boeing recently tested the planes and they are now being housed in Southern California, where climate conditions prevent corrosion to the plane.
Trump later met with Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg, who told reporters after the meeting that the Chicago company would build the next generation of Air Force One for less than $4 billion. In a statement, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said, "We're working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft and expect to award a contract soon".
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"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion".
The sale could save the Air Force millions of dollars, and comes after then president-elect Donald Trump said in December that the Air Force One replacement project costs were "ridiculous". FlightAware route data shows the two 747s were last flown in February, when they traveled from Paine Field in Snohomish County, Washington, to their current storage facility in Mojave.
As per Defense One, if the Air Force buys the planes, contractors will have to provide them with a state-of-the-art communications system, defensive countermeasures, and hardening to withstand an electromagnetic pulse caused by a nuclear explosion.
The deal was confirmed by a spokesperson from the Air Force to Defense One, which broke the story. Two years later, it declared bankruptcy.
But the price for the planes will likely end up being a lot higher.
The two aircraft that now serve as the primary presidential transports are highly modified 747-200Bs that have been in service since 1990.