After weighing both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747-800, the Air Force announced last summer that it was sticking with Boeing. After all, shouldn’t the US President fly in a US-made plane? Since the new 747-8 won’t be ready until after 2020, Trump won’t even get to fly on it (unless he gets a second term). But the current VC-25 is 30 years old, and keeping it up to date is getting expensive. Trump even Tweet-ranted back in the summer about how expensive the current AF1 is to fly:
Now Air Force One is a very old Boeing 747. It sucks up a lot of gas. A lot of fuel. Boy, the fuel bill. You turn on those engines, I can tell you, it’s a lot of money.
So....wouldn’t it make sense to get a newer, more efficient one? Sure, $4B is a lot of money, and this is one figure that Trump has actually gotten right (the original contract was for $3B, but costs have, of course, gone up). Maybe Trump can lease his 757 to the next president. He never was one to pass up on a deal.
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