US President-elect Donald Trump today urged the Obama administration to cancel the order for the purchase of Boeing’s new Air Force One 747 plane, meant for the exclusive use of US presidents, today calling it ‘ridiculous’ and too expensive. Trump took to social networking site Twitter and put up this: “Boeing is building a brand new 747-8 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” During the presidential campaign, Trump had taken President Barack Obama to task for the huge expenses being made by his government in running the plane. Trump has been making a case out for saving the taxpayers’ money and has been targetting most big ticket expenses of the government in his speeches. Trump has been using his own Boeing 757 on the campaign trail.
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
Trump did not end the issue with his tweet, thereafter, according to a Reuters report, he made a surprise appearance at the Trump Tower lobby in New York and said “I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money.” Adding to his statement, Trump said, “We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”
The monetary details about the total value of the new contracts have not been released so far, but the Air Force has previously mentioned that it has projected somewhere around $1.65 billion for the two replaced jets. The U.S. Air Force, in January, assigned the Boeing Co an initial contract worth $25.8 million.
In its reaction, Boeing said that the initial deal is for just $170 mn and that too for ‘determining the capabilities of these complex machines.’ It further added quite diplomatically that it would work with the US Air Force to deliver the best possible planes for the use of US presidents ‘at the best value for the American taxpayer’.
Boeing’s 747-8 planes are almost 240 feet long with a wing span of 224 feet (68 meters) can fly directly from Washington to Hong Kong, 1,000 miles (1,600 kms) farther than the current Air Force planes.