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Ukrainian company to Trump: We’ll build Air Force One

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After President-elect Donald Trump balked at the cost of a new Boeing, a Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer is offering to construct a new Air Force One for him.

“[Maybe] it is better to consider Antonov aircraft as Air Force One?” the state-owned firm tweeted directly at Trump Wednesday, as reported by Reuters.

{mosads}Trump the day before had ripped Boeing for the cost of a new Air Force One, calling for the contract to be cancelled.

“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion,” he tweeted. “Cancel order!”

Boeing, whose stock took a hit after Trump’s tweet before later recovering, countered that its contract is actually worth $170 million.

“We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serves the unique requirements of the president of the United States,” it said in a statement.

Antonov was reportedly one of the Soviet Union’s top aircraft producers before Ukraine gained independence in 1991. Since then, it has produced only about 20 planes.

The company is most famous for building the Antonov-225 Mriya (Dream) cargo plane, the world’s biggest aircraft. 

The Pentagon announced in January that Boeing had won the contract to replace the current Air Force One planes.

The initial contract was worth just $25.8 million, but the Air Force planned on spending as much as $1.65 billion on the project, according to Reuters.

Tags Air Force One Atonov Boeing Business Donald Trump Politics Transportation Ukraine
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