Trump's Air Force One may be planes built for Russian airline

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

The U.S. Air Force and Boeing Co.

The proposed deal, which is still in its planning phase and not finalized, could save money compared to buying two new Boeing 747s for Air Force One, which then President-elect Donald Trump criticized as being too expensive in December.

The planes would need to undergo costly upgrades to be ready for to serve the president.

The two jetliners were ordered four years ago by Transaero, a Russian airline that went bankrupt in 2015, but were never delivered. The aircraft sell for about $386 million on average. Boeing had built only two of the planes by the time the airline filed for bankruptcy and was scooped up by Russia's largest commercial airline, Aeroflot, which did not want the two planes.

Trump boards one of two Air Force One planes currently in use
Trump boards one of two Air Force One planes currently in use Credit GETTY

The Air Force has not announced what specific planes it will purchased for the president's aircraft.

The Air Force is certainly paying less than that figure, although the service has no intention of revealing the final price.

The Air Force is considering replacing Air Force One with planes made for a now-defunct Russian airline to save money.

The new Air Force One fleet is scheduled for delivery in 2024.

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