Boeing sinks in legal battles over US Air Force One contracts

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The US plane maker Boeing said it had taken legal actions and canceled contracts with suppliers for Air Force One, the aircraft that carriers the US president. The scandal was over delays in completing interior work on the two heavily modified 747-8 airplanes, Reuters reported. Boeing said in a statement it had canceled contracts with GDC Technics due to their insolvency and failure to meet contractual obligations.

GDC Technics did not respond to a request for comment. Boeing said the delays “have resulted in millions of dollars in damages to Boeing and threaten to jeopardize work that is of critical importance to the US Air Force and the president of the United States.”

In July 2018, Boeing received a $3.9 billion contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One, due to be delivered by December 2024. A Boeing spokeswoman said the planemaker still planned to meet the Air Force’s delivery schedule. The Boeing 747-8s are designed to be an airborne White House, able to fly in worst-case security scenarios such as nuclear war, and are modified with military avionics, advanced communications and a self-defense system. In 2018, then President Donald Trump said the new model Air Force One would have upgraded interiors and a different color scheme from the white and two shades of blue that has been used since President John F. Kennedy’s administration.

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