The President’s Air Force 747-200 is coming up on 30 years of age and in need of replacement. The Government has let a contract for a new jumbo four-engine jet, but it looks like Boeing will be the only bidder. It doesn’t surprise me that Airbus is not bidding; can you imagine the fallout if the Commander-in-Chief was riding a French jet? Looks like the next Prez will be flying a custom 747-800.
A little trivia – there are two jets. Whichever one the President is riding on is called Air Force One and the VP’s jet is Air Force Two. The VP also has his own 757. This procurement is only for one jet (for over $1B) so I guess the VP will have to continue to slum it in his 757.
Here is the news article from Bloomberg.
How many miles would you redeem to get a ride on Air Force One?