The US Air Force has awarded a third contract to Boeing under the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) programme aimed at preparing a process to convert the 747-8 into the next Air Force One. Boeing co (BAN) which began preliminary work on a new fleet of air force one presidential aircraft back in January has finally got full approval to go ahead from the US government.
But one wonders if this this simply modification of the executive airline, or just a showcase of technological advancement as well as financial supremacy from one of the world super powers. It all lies with how one evaluates the situation.
By David Zvina
Details about the total value of the new contract have not been released, but the air force has previously said that it earmarked $1.65 billion for two replacement jets which are set to be used by the next incoming US president. The air force first announced In January 2016 that Boeing 747-8 would be used to replace the two current air force one airplanes used to transport the president.
The current air force one has already been deemed the most advanced aircraft that has been created up to date , the incoming model is set to send out a statement of intent in the technological world .
The new airline a 747-8 is the only four –engine commercial jet Boeing makes, providing an extra margin of flight safety over the more standard twin-engine planes. which have been in use for a long period of time.
The four –engine jet is now mostly a cargo workhorse eclipsed by more fuel efficient twin engine jets for passengers. The double Decker plane entered service in 1970 undergoing a major overhaul in 2012 ,with new engines and a longer fuselage. And Boeing hopes that the new 747-8 will be a headline which will indeed boast their sales as replenish the dwindling market in the airline industry. Flight Global