US President Joe Biden waves his hand after leaving Marine One before boarding Air Force One to leave Washington for a trip to Wilmington, Delaware at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on February 5, 2021.
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Boeing said Thursday it has filed a lawsuit against and canceled contracts with the Texas-based supplier for Air Force One, the plane carrying the US president, due to delays in completing the interior of the two heavily modified 747-8 aircraft.
The American aircraft manufacturer said in a statement that it had terminated contracts “with GDC Technics … due to their insolvency and non-fulfillment of contractual obligations.”
Boeing said in a lawsuit filed in Texas State Court on Wednesday that the delays “have resulted in millions of dollars in damage to Boeing and threaten to jeopardize work that is crucial to the (US Air Force) and the US president.” “
The Air Force asked Boeing questions.
In July 2018, Boeing received a $ 3.9 billion contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One, to be delivered by December 2024. A Boeing spokesman said the aircraft manufacturer is still still plans to meet the Air Force delivery schedule.
GDC, which “agreed to design and build the interior” of the two Air Force One aircraft, “is about a year behind schedule in fulfilling its contractual obligations,” Boeing said in his suit, first reported by the Dallas branch. NBC KXAS-TV.
The Boeing 747-8 is designed to be an airborne White House capable of flying in the worst case of security scenarios such as nuclear war and has been modified with military avionics, modern communications and a self-defense system.
In 2018, then-President Donald Trump said that the new Air Force One model would improve the interior and a different color scheme from white and two shades of blue, which is used by the administration of President John F. Kennedy.
In January, White House spokesman Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden “did not spend a moment thinking about the Air Force One color scheme.”