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June 8 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) told the U.S. Air Force that the price of the next-generation presidential plane could rise, and asked for more time to deliver it, citing difficulties with COVID -19 and a subcontractor, an Air Force official said on Tuesday.
Boeing was awarded a $ 3.9 billion contract in July 2018 to build two 747-8 planes for use as Air Force One, scheduled for delivery by December 2024.
Boeing has said it wants around a year more time to deliver, however Darlene Costello, the Air Force’s acting deputy secretary for the acquisition, told a services commission panel. armed forces of the House of Representatives.
The aircraft manufacturer also sent the Air Force a letter beginning the process of negotiating a price adjustment for the jets, Costello added.
A Boeing spokesperson told Reuters: “We continue to make steady progress on these programs and are working closely with the US Air Force.”
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The Boeing 747-8 are designed to resemble an airborne White House, capable of flying in worst security scenarios such as nuclear war, and are modified with military avionics, advanced communications, and a self-defense system.
Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington; Editing by David Gregorio
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