The US Air Force is about to buy two mothballed Boeing 747s that were abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline – and convert these into the next Air Force One, a source has claimed.
The sale could save the Air Force millions of dollars, and comes after Donald Trump said in December that the Air Force One replacement project costs were “ridiculous.”
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source close to the deal told AFP that Boeing was set to sell a pair of 747-8 jetliners to the Air Force.
Air Force One is actually two planes – one for the president and a spare.
The planes had initially been ordered in 2013 by Russian airline Transaero but the firm went bust in 2015.
“We’re still working toward a deal to provide two 747-8s to the Air Force,” Boeing told AFP.
“This deal is focused on providing a great value for the Air Force and the best price for the taxpayer.”
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