CEO: AIR FORCE ONE TO COST UN­DER $4B

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Boe­ing Co. chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Den­nis Muilen­burg said he told Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day that his com­pany can build a new ver­sion of Air Force One for less than $4 bil­lion, af­ter the Repub­li­can crit­i­cized the cost of the plane.

Muilen­berg met with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago re­sort in Florida. Trump has crit­i­cized the Pen­tagon’s bud­get to buy the new 747 jum­bos and out­fit them with safe­guards rang­ing from anti-mis­sile de­fenses to with­stand­ing the shock waves from a nu­clear blast.

“I was able to give the pres­i­den­t­elect my per­sonal com­mit­ment on be­half of the Boe­ing Com­pany,” Muilen­berg said.

The CEO of an­other ma­jor de­fense con­trac­tor Trump has crit­i­cized, Lock­heed Martin Corp.’s Mar­il­lyn Hew­son, will meet with Trump later, his aides said.

Helen H. Richard­son, The Den­ver Post

Air Force One at Buck­ley Air Force Base in Aurora in 2013.

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