Saturday, 17 April 2021

Legal wrangle over new Air Force One aircraft

A subcontractor working on the new Air Force One aircraft for Boeing countersued the Chicago-based aircraft giant over Boeing’s allegations of missed deadlines for work on the presidential aircraft.

In a seven-page lawsuit filed in state district court in Fort Worth, GDC Technics LLC seeks more than 20 million US dollars in damages from Boeing. It also alleges that Boeing has damaged GDC’s reputation with the Pentagon. 

The lawsuit alleges that Boeing’s mismanagement caused the delays, not GDC’s actions. The Fort Worth-based subcontractor contends that Boeing failed in its contractual obligations to the subcontractors, including failing to pay what GDC was due for its work.

Boeing had alleged GDC ran into financial problems and missed deadlines, causing millions in damages to Boeing and jeopardising work critically important to the US Air Force and the president.

The US Air Force awarded Boeing a 3.9 billion US dollar contract in 2018 to convert two Boeing 747-8 planes into the iconic presidential jets and deliver them by December 2024. Boeing hired GDC for work on Air Force One and other executive planes used to carry government officials.

Boeing is currently working on electrical power upgrades, communication systems, executive interiors and other work on the planes at a Boeing facility in San Antonio, a Boeing spokeswoman has said.


By Associated Press Reporter

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