Boeing gets $3.9 billion contract for new Air Force One jets


Trump says the familiar baby blue colour on the presidential aircraft will give way to a red, white and blue colour scheme. Updated models could be delivered in time for a potential second term.

Trump also reportedly wants to make his bed on the presidential plane larger and more comfortable.

"I said, 'I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?' And we're not".

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Trump revealed the changes in an interview with CBS anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland.

According to the official White House website, Air Force One is used to describe any Air Force aircraft carrying the president, but since the middle of the 20th century, it has been standard practice to use the moniker when referring to specific planes that are equipped to transport the commander-in-chief. Using existing planes and converting them to meet the needs and requirement of the president will reportedly be cheaper than building new ones.

The plane's current light blue design, chosen by President John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie, has become synonymous with presidential jets over the past five decades.

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The contract confirms a deal reached in February by Trump, the Air Force and Boeing.

But it's the outside of the plane, not its furniture, that announces the arrival of the most powerful man in the free world.

Trump said the current Air Force One is 30 years old - but that it could take years before the new ones are completed.

"It's a travesty to break from tradition and put a new paint job on the plane", Mr Hagerman said. The Museum of Modern Art in NY describes his Air Force One design as modern and elegant.

But in 2016, Trump claimed that the initial price tag for the new planes was roughly $4 billion, a figure that he decried as "ridiculous" at the time. "Air Force One is the No. 1 iconic symbol of America worldwide".

Trump began negotiations with the company after taking office, vowing that costs would go "WAY DOWN" or he would cancel the order.