Air Force One

Boeing Promises Trump to Control Costs on Air Force One

Dec. 8, 2016
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg reassured Trump  about its commitment to keeping a tight rein on costs for the presidential plane, after Trump tweeted that the price tag was "out of control."

Boeing (IW 500/9) has pledged to control costs on the redesign of Air Force One after President-elect Donald Trump blasted the aerospace giant for the ballooning expenses, a company spokesman said on Dec. 7.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg reassured Trump in a phone call on December 6 about its commitment to keeping a tight rein on costs for the presidential plane, after the president-elect earlier in the day tweeted that the price tag was "out of control."

"Muilenburg congratulated Mr. Trump on his election win and committed to working with the new administration to control costs as they establish requirements for the new Air Force One to keep the program as affordable as possible and deliver the best value to American taxpayers," a Boeing spokesman said.

Muilenburg's conversation with the president-elect came after Trump took to Twitter  on December 6 morning and threatened to cancel the Air Force One contract, saying costs had ballooned to $4 billion.

Boeing has not directly addressed Trump's statement, but said on December 7 it has a $170 million contract "to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States."

Trump took a tough line with Boeing, as he has with other companies that draw his ire.

"If we don't get the prices down, we're not going to order them, we'll stay with what we have." the president-elect told the "Today" show broadcast on December 7.

The legendary Air Force One jets -- light blue and white liveried, with "United States of America" emblazoned on the fuselage and an American flag on the tail -- are a powerful symbol of U.S. might, but the current models are nearing the end of their 30-year lifespan.

The planes are equipped with numerous security and defensive measures, most of which are top secret, as well as the ability to refuel in flight.

Though he has frequently singled out particular companies for criticism, Trump's latest attack-by-tweet came an hour after the Chicago Tribune posted an article on its website quoting Muilenburg expressing concern about the president-elect's protectionist bent, and noting the firm's growing business with China.

It was unclear if Trump was aware of Muilenburg's comments before his outburst, but several U.S. media were raising the possibility of a connection.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2016

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