Boeing has received a $3.9 billion contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One by the USA president, due to be delivered by December 2024 and painted red, white and blue, officials said on Tuesday.
Bloomberg notes that much of the cost comes from complex modifications that turn Air Force One ― the technical name for any plane the president is traveling on ― into a mobile White House.
Officials said Tuesday that Boeing had officially won the $3.9 billion contract to build the two new 747-8s, several months after the company reached an informal deal over the aircraft. "But I said, "I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?' And we're not".
"Red, white and blue. Take a guess", Trump told CBS's Jeff Glor. He tells @CBSEveningNews' @JeffGlor the new model of the plane will be updated, both inside and out and will be painted red, white and blue.
The new Air Force One jets are scheduled to arrive by 2024.
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There is precedent for Trump's interest in weighing in on the Air Force One's design.
"It's going to be the top of the line, the top in the world", he said.
Boeing is replacing the existing presidential planes with two new Air Force Ones. President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy worked with NY designer Raymond Loewy on the presidential aircraft's look in the 1960s, according to the New England Historical Society.
Axios reported that a source said the president wanted to make the planes look "more American" and move away from a "Jackie Kennedy colour", which designer Raymond Loewy called "luminous ultramarine". The idea of changing it has already generated friction with one presidential historian.
In December 2016, Trump tweeted that an order for new planes at more than $4 billion was too much to pay Boeing.
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