The new planes, which need to be adapted serve the US president, will be ready in 2024.
Editor’s Remarks: The planes seem to have been originally meant for Russia. Boeing had a deal to sell the 747s to Russian carrier Transaero Airlines, but they were not delivered before the airline closed its gates in 2015. The US managed to buy the planes at a discount. Trump has been criticising the deal the government had with Boeing, threatening to cancel it if he couldn’t get more competitive prices. While the value of the discount was not made public as part of the deal, the jets carry a catalogue price of $386.8m per unit. Trump will not be able to use these, however, unless he wins a second mandate, something he is likely to achieve only with the help of an increasingly hostile Republican Party.