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USAF starts public search for Air Force One replacement
The US Air Force yesterday took the first public step in the search for a replacement of the Boeing VC-25
Air Force One, the presidential aircraft fleet.
The USAF posted a request for information for market sources that can provide three widebody aircraft to
replace two, 19-year-old VC-25s, which are converted Boeing 747-200s.
An analysis of alternatives performed in 2007, which identified the Airbus A380 as a candidate, found that
it would be more cost-effective to buy new aircraft rather than modernize the VC-25s.
The first "presidential aircraft replacement" must be delivered in 2017, followed by a second and third aircraft in 2019 and 2021.
The USAF's options for commercially-derived widebody aircraft in that timeframe could be limited to the 747-8I and A380.
In October 2007, Airbus executives confirmed that they were invited by the USAF to submit data about
the A380, A340 and A330 as part of an analysis of alternatives. EADS officials
added that the company gave unprecedented access to the USAF for data about its
commercial aircraft designs.
Asked for comment about the new RFI, an EADS spokesman replied: "We have received it and are taking a
look. We'll settle on a course of action after our review."
Boeing officials were not immediately for comment.
In the past, Boeing executives have described retaining the Air Force One contract as one of the
company's top priorities.