Next Air Force One Planes Could Come from Bankrupt Russian Airline

Thanks to a Bankrupt Russian Airline, Trump May Get the Air Force One Deal He Wanted

Boeing had said it expected to add the Air Force One jets to its backlog, which now numbers 20 planes - five passenger models and 15 freighters.The redeployment to the Air Force of jets already built for another customer would effectively reduce Boeing's future 747 production plans by two aircraft.

Be the first to receive updates. Boeing made it very clear that the planes have never been delivered and has always been under its ownership. The airline placed their order in 2013 and Boeing built two of the aircraft in 2015.

Boeing also said in a statement that the corporation was determined to offer "the best deal for the Air Force and the best price for the taxpayer." .

Aeroflot absorbed most of Transaeros fleet following the bankruptcy but declined to accept Transaeros 747-8 orders. This "boneyard" is largely occupied by retired commercial jets that still bear the liveries of Delta, FedEx, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific.

The aircraft in question are now located at an aircraft storage yard in Victorville, California, and are marked as property of Boeing, a person familiar with the aircraft told CNN. Other planes, unmarked, sit with their engines shrinkwrapped in anticipation of one day returning to flight.

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Given the current requirements for Air Force One, including four engines and room for at least 70 passengers, the 747 is the only now manufactured American-built option. It's similar to the way auto dealers discount new vehicles from the previous year when new models hit the lot.

As president-elect in December, Trump called for cancelling the recapitalization program, saying in a tweet that its cost was "out of control".

The steep price tag stems from a need to meet security requirements, including secure communications, antimissile defenses and the ability to withstand an electromagnetic pulse in the event of a nuclear explosion.

An anonymous source with knowledge of the sale told the AFP news agency that Boeing was ready to sell the Air Force the plane, but noted that the Air Force would be forced to deal with possible negative press that would arise from the usage of planes formerly destined for Russian Federation for the goal.

Nicknamed the "Queen of the Skies", the four-engined 747 has been a tough sell in recent years. Still, once the Air Force purchases the jets, according to Popular Mechanics, it will be years before the planes are ready for use. However, sales of Boeing's 747 have plummeted after carriers around the world shifted to more-efficient twin-engine models such as the 777, the 787 or Airbus A350 airplanes.

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