Watch: Boeing gets the R52 billion contract for new Air Force Ones
- The White House awarded Boeing a $3.9 billion contract (around R52 billion) to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One by the U.S. president.
- The agreement comes after U.S. president Trump's objections to the intitial $4 billion deal.
- The aircraft's iconic baby blue and white colours are being changed to to red, white and blue.
It's official, Air Force One is getting a makeover.
"It's gonna be the top of the line, the top of the world," says US President, Donald Trump.
On Tuesday the Pentagon said it has handed Boeing a R52 billion ($3.9 billion) contract to construct new jets for use by the US president.
"Boeing gave us a good deal," says Trump.
The deal comes after Trump objected to a previous deal with a $4 billion price tag. He took to Twitter to complain about Boeing in December saying 'costs are out of control — cancel order!'
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
The biggest change
Technically, any aircraft the president boards becomes Air Force One.
The 747-8s Boeing are designed to be an airborne White House, able to fly in the worst-case security scenarios including nuclear war.
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