has estimated the brand new Air Power One jets it’s constructing could arrive a yr late and value taxpayers greater than deliberate, a prime Pentagon official mentioned.
The aerospace large has proposed handing over the 2 new presidential jets by the top of 2025, a yr later than deliberate, performing Assistant Air Power Secretary Darlene Costello mentioned on Tuesday throughout testimony earlier than a Home panel.
Boeing struck a $3.9 billion deal to switch the getting older 747s, that are often called Air Power One when the commander-in-chief is on board, with then-President
in 2018. Boeing is predicted to hunt greater than $500 million in extra authorities funding for the 2 modified 747 jumbo jets due to a rise in prices associated to the Covid-19 pandemic and a provider’s chapter, in keeping with individuals accustomed to the matter.
An Air Power spokesman mentioned Boeing hasn’t formally requested extra funding. Ms. Costello mentioned Boeing has informed the Air Power it meant to submit such a request. A Boeing spokesman mentioned the corporate was making regular progress on the mission.
“It is a disappointment to all of us,” mentioned Rep. Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat who’s chairman of a Home Armed Providers subcommittee.
The delay, which might be a primary for the Air Power One substitute program because the 2018 deal, comes as Boeing has confronted setbacks in its industrial, area and different protection work lately. In Might, the airplane maker halted deliveries of its common 787 Dreamliner so it may reply to questions from U.S. air-safety regulators.
Pentagon officers are weighing Boeing’s proposal concerning the Air Power One program and plan to replace the supply schedule for the closely modified 747-8 jumbo jets later this yr, Ms. Costello mentioned. A delay within the new jets may imply the president’s present two modified 747s, which Boeing delivered when George H.W. Bush was president, keep in service longer than deliberate.
Boeing booked a $318 million cost associated to the jets within the first quarter, citing the affect of the pandemic and issues with a provider, GDC Technics LLC. Boeing additionally took a $168 million cost final yr.
GDC Technics had been employed to outfit the interiors of the planes, that are formally often called VC-25Bs. The Fort Price, Texas-based firm is amongst a handful focusing on outfitting interiors of government plane for VIPs and heads of state. Boeing sued the provider in April, claiming it missed deadlines on the mission. The provider, which filed for chapter 11 chapter safety, countered in courtroom paperwork that the delays have been Boeing’s fault.
A GDC Technics spokeswoman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
—Gordon Lubold and Doug Cameron contributed to this text.
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Appeared within the June 9, 2021, print version as ‘Boeing Warns of Air Power One Delays.’