Boeing Chief Says He Can Trim Air Force One Cost

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 21, 2016 Updated: December 21, 2016

The head of Boeing is saying he promised President-elect Donald Trump that the manufacturer would complete the Air Force One project for less than the $4 billion the president-elect had claimed it would cost.

Dennis Muilenburg on Wednesday told reporters outside Trump’s coastal Florida estate that his meeting with the president-elect was “very productive.”

Trump earlier this month had ripped Boeing over the cost of the program to replace the aging presidential aircraft.

But Muilenburg said that Boeing “would get it done for far less” than the $4 billion that Trump claimed, though he did not suggest what the aircraft manufacturer had estimated for a cost.

Muilenburg also did not provide a timetable for the completion of the presidential planes.