WASHINGTON – Boeing Co said Thursday it had filed suit and canceled contracts with a Texas-based supplier for Air Force One, the aircraft that carries the U.S. President, due to delays in completing interior work on the two heavily modified 747s. -8 aircraft.
The US planner said in a statement that it had canceled contracts “with GDC Technics … because of their insolvency and failure to meet contractual obligations.” GDC Technics did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Boeing said in its lawsuit filed in the Texas Court on Wednesday that the delays “have resulted in millions of dollars in damage to Boeing and are threatening the work that is critical to the (US Air Force) and the President of the United States. to endanger. “
The Air Force referred questions to Boeing.
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In July 2018, Boeing was awarded 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 spokeswoman said the plan maker still intended to comply with the Air Force’s delivery schedule.
GDC, which “agreed to design and build the interiors” of the two Air Force One planes, “is about a year behind schedule in meeting its contractual obligations,” said Boeing in its first-time lawsuit. reported by Dallas NBC subsidiary KXAS-TV.
Designed as a White House in the sky, the Boeing 747-8s can fly in the most adverse security scenarios, such as nuclear war, and are upgraded with military avionics, advanced communications and a self-defense system.
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In 2018, then-President Donald Trump said the new Air Force One model would have enhanced the interior and have a different color scheme from the white and two shades of blue that have been used since President John F. Kennedy’s administration.
In January, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden “had not given a second thought to Air Force One’s color scheme.”