Boeing reaches Air Force One deal with president Trump

Boeing has reached an agreement with American president Donald Trump to build two new Air Force One planes.

The deal, valued at $3.9bn, comes despite previous opposition from Trump, who had argued the planes are too expensive.

In a statement, the US manufacturing giant said: “Boeing is proud to build the next generation of Air Force One, providing American Presidents with a flying White House at outstanding value to taxpayers.”

The company added: “President Trump negotiated a good deal on behalf of the American people.”

A Boeing official said the price included fitting out the two 747-8 planes with a communications suite each, internal and external stairs, and large galleys and other equipment.

The planes, designed to be an airborne White House, ae able to fly in worst-case security scenarios.

They are modified with military avionics, advanced communications, and a self-defence system.

Trump said the deal would save $1.4 billion for the American taxpayer.

However, this has not been independently verified, with the price appearing similar that negotiated under the previous Obama administration.

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