Trump reaches deal with Boeing on new presidential planes

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A White House spokesperson said the agreement would save U.S. taxpayers more than $1.4bn.

The White House is touting this as a saving of more than $1 billion from the original estimate of $5 billion.

Boeing will beef up two 747 jets to serve as Air Force One planes.

The price as agreed includes work to develop and build two presidential aircraft, including a communications suite, internal and external stairs, large galleys and structural changes to protect the president and other passengers, a Boeing official said.

Boeing, in a statement, said it is "proud to build the next generation of Air Force One, providing American Presidents with a flying White House at outstanding value to taxpayers".

Air plane maker Boeing has reached a new deal worth $3.9 billion with President Donald Trump for new Air Force One. No Air Force One till date has ever had to refuel mid-flight, and so the option seems redundant. Trump even tweeted that Air Force One would run "more than $4 billion" in the infamous "cancel order!" tweet.

Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg met multiple times with Trump to discuss the Air Force One contract, most recently last week.

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In December 2016, then President-elect Trump tweeted that "costs are out of control" at over $4 billion and threatened to cancel the order. Now, the White House and Boeing said that information was wrong, and it was actually $5 billion.

"I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number", Trump said.

So just what kind of deal did the president and CEO shake hands on? After the attacks of September 11, President George W. Bush was whisked away on Air Force One, and he responded to the crisis from there.

In addition to targeting the Air Force One program, Trump had taken to Twitter to blast the price of the F-35 program, the most expensive in the history of the Pentagon.

At the time, The White House appeared to cast doubt on the figures quoted by Mr Trump.

The first time a sitting US President traveled overseas by air was 1943, which also happens to be the year Boeing made its first foray into downtown Everett, opening up in a defunct auto garage down on Pacific Avenue.

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.

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