In the statement issued, the U.S. aerospace giant Boeing said that the company is proud to build the next generation of Air Force One.
A Boeing official said that Air Force One includes a "communications suite, internal and external stairs, large galleys and other equipment".
At the time, Mr. Trump complained that the price of the two planes was rising above $4 billion. The 747-8 and France's Airbus A380 were the only two four-engine plane designs with a wide enough body to accommodate the needs of a presidential carrier, according to the Air Force. "If Boeing had to take a loss on this to make the president happy, I think they would do it". No Air Force One till date has ever had to refuel mid-flight, and so the option seems redundant.
The President, who has repeatedly expressed his exasperation at his aging aircraft, wanted to meet face-to-face with Muilenburg to reach the deal, two officials said. It remains an open question whether the Air Force can complete its testing and modifications by then.
The White House said the cost estimate had risen to over $5 billion for the two airplanes, but did not provide any documentation to illustrate that claim.
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