© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Boeing 747-8, one of two originally ordered by a bankrupt Russian airline, is parked at Victorville Airport
By David Shepardson and Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Air Force One subcontractor GDC Technics countered Boeing (NYSE 🙂 Co on Friday for at least $ 20 million after the largest U.S. aircraft maker contracts with the U.S. President to work on the aircraft quit.
Boeing said in its April 7 lawsuit that Texas-based GDC had failed to complete interior work on the two heavily modified 747-8 Air Force One aircraft and was “about a year behind schedule in meeting its contractual obligations “.
The GDC counterclaim states that “Boeing’s mismanagement of the completion of two Air Force One presidential aircraft, not the delays caused by the GDC, resulted in a delay in the completion of those aircraft.”
A Boeing spokeswoman declined on Saturday to comment on the GDC filing.
Boeing chose to use existing aircraft for Air Force One’s two replacement aircraft in lieu of new aircraft, GDC said.
“Because of its engineering and program management issues, and its own financial difficulties, Boeing has defaulted on the aircraft project plan. Boeing
GDC viewed as a scapegoat to apologize to the United States Air Force for the aircraft’s underperformance, “GDC said, adding that Boeing’s” false “statements have damaged its reputation with the Air Force” and the aviation industry worldwide. “
According to Boeing’s lawsuit, the GDC’s delays have “caused Boeing millions in damage and threatening to jeopardize vitally important work.”
In July 2018, Boeing won a $ 3.9 billion contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One, due for delivery by December 2024. A Boeing spokeswoman said on April 8 that the aircraft manufacturer was still planning to adhere to the Air Force’s delivery schedule.
The Boeing 747-8s are designed like a white house in the air, can fly in worst-case security scenarios such as nuclear war and are equipped with military avionics, advanced communications and a self-defense system.
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