Boeing CEO says company probably shouldn't have made Air Force One deal

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Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun told investors Wednesday that the institution astir apt shouldn't person agreed to a fixed-price declaration with erstwhile president — and "Art of the Deal" writer — Donald Trump to make a caller Air Force One fleet. 

The institution has already mislaid $660 cardinal processing the 2 747 jets for the fleet pursuing a 2018 woody Trump made with the company that makes Boeing ft the measure for each outgo changes successful the improvement process. The caller fleet was primitively expected to marque its entranceway successful 2024, but arsenic CBS News has reported, Boeing has projected the planes could beryllium 17 months down schedule. The woody was made nether a antithetic CEO — Calhoun took the helm astatine Boeing successful January 2020, but helium was connected the committee erstwhile the woody was made.

Calhoun told investors during a archetypal 4th show reappraisal telephone the institution "probably shouldn't person taken" the $3.9 cardinal fixed-price contract, but called the concern unsocial and said they'll inactive present large planes. The fixed-price statement means that Boeing is not capable to complaint the authorities for immoderate outgo overages that whitethorn hap for immoderate reason.

"Air Force One, I'm conscionable going to telephone a precise unsocial moment, a precise unsocial negotiation, a precise unsocial acceptable of risks that Boeing astir apt shouldn't person taken, but we are wherever we are, and we're going to present large airplanes. And we're going to admit the costs associated with it," Calhoun said. 

Biden President Joe Biden, left, leaves Air Force One astatine Philadelphia International Airport successful Philadelphia aboriginal Saturday, April 23, 2022, to committee Marine One for a abbreviated travel to Wilmington, Del., for the weekend. Andrew Harnik / AP

The institution says the higher costs were driven chiefly by higher supplier costs, higher prices to finalize method requirements, and docket delays. Pandemic-related proviso concatenation issues person plagued the globe the past 2 years.

In December 2016, Trump tweeted that costs for the programme were "out of control, much than $4 billion," adding, "Cancel order!" After that, Boeing's then-chief enforcement Dennis Muilenburg met aggregate times with Trump to sermon the Air Force One contract.

At the clip of the statement successful 2018, the Trump White House said the statement would prevention taxpayers up to $1.4 billion. 

The archetypal level officially called Air Force One carried President Dwight Eisenhower successful 1959, but it was President John F. Kennedy who brought the level into the pitchy age.

On Tuesday, White House property caput Jen Psaki said she didn't person immoderate much details astir the Boeing delays. 

Kathryn Watson


Kathryn Watson is simply a authorities newsman for CBS News Digital based successful Washington, D.C.

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