President Donald Trump’s administration might be ready to agree on an odd deal. In an effort to modernize Air Force One and save some dollars along the way, Air Force might get acceptance to purchase some controversial planes. These were initially built for Russia, but its bankrupt airline can no longer support the costs. As a consequence, the new owner of aircraft might be America.
Boeing Will Offer the Two Jetliners to Air Force One as Long as It Signs the Contract by the end of the Month
The U.S. Air Force is negotiating with Boeing Co. on two 747-8 jetliners. These particular airplanes were destined to reach the possession of Russia and become part of Transaero Airlines. This carrier used to be second largest airline in the country. However, the company filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and never signed the acquisition papers. Since then, the airplanes are waiting in a U.S. storage near Seattle.
As a matter of course, the two untapped assets would be available for sale by the end of the decade. However, Boeing seems ardent to get rid of them faster than that. Therefore, the company reportedly offered the aircraft to whichever party is willing to sign a contract by the end of this month. This is an enough appealing incentive to encourage Air Force One to snatch the jetliners quickly.
2015 Western Sanctions Proved Fatal to Transaero Airlines
This potential deal seems to strike a chord with President Donald Trump. He is reputed for his knack for acquiring assets with a certain value or story behind them. For instance, Trump managed to make billionaire Paul Allen an unrefusable offer for his gold-plated Boeing 757.
Russia’s Transaero Airlines collapsed the moment the West ordered sanctions which delivered a full blow to the tourism industry. Rival Aeroflot PJSC integrated the remnants into its own business. However, the new owner refused to resume the deal with Boeing. This left the two ordered airlines untouched in Boeing’s storage while the other two orders that were part of the deal have never reached production stage.
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