Air Force One Will Reportedly Be Replaced With Secondhand Planes

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

Trump tweeted in December complaining that the cost of new Air Force One jets were "out of control".

Before taking office in January, President Donald Trump criticized the cost of the service's Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which apparently led to the talks.

According to a report in The Independent, the two jets are now parked in the dry Mojave desert since Transaero, which had originally placed a purchase order with Boeing for these aircraft, went bankrupt before making good on the deal. The Air Force could pick up the two Transaero 747-8s for a good bit cheaper, however, considering they were previously purchased and now reside in the boneyard where Boeing is paying to store them.

The two planes were once destined for sale to Transaero, a Russian carrier that collapsed in 2015.

"The Air Force is working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft, and we expect to award a contract soon", Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.

As per Defense One, the national security publication which first reported the negotiations, said the Air Force is getting a good deal on the planes. They spoke anonymously because the deal is not final and has not been publicly announced.

Boeing recently tested the planes and they are now being housed in Southern California, where climate conditions prevent corrosion to the plane.

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.

Boeing sells 747-8s at about $390 million apiece, but defensive technologies, fancy interiors and other enhancements would massively add to the overall cost.

The two likely-future-presidential-transport-aircraft are numbered N894BA and N895BA, according to Defense One.

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.

The Air Force would not confirm that there is a plan to purchase the planes that were once intended for the now bankrupt Russian airline.

The current planes are 747-200s, which have been in service for nearly 30 years.

It seems that the U.S. Air Force allegedly found a solution to this problem, according to Defence One, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the issue.

Sirimanne said he thinks it's unlikely the Air Force would have paid more than $200 million for each plane.

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