Antonov State Company has officially offered elected US President Donald Trump its airplane instead of the expensive Boeing, that came under his criticism.
“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”, wrote Trump on his page in Twitter.
Several hours later, Antonov responded to it via its official account in the social network: “May be it is better to consider the Antonov aircraft as Air Force One?”.
The press service of Ukrainian has been told that they were ready to offer the new US President the VIP-version of An-148 and were preparing an official proposal.
The basic version of such line aircraft for transporting top officials costs from $36 mln. For instance, such model for flights is used by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
The list of Antonov's models also includes An-124 and An-225 Mriia, which are proportional to Boeing 747 but are currently available only for the freight version.
Let us recall that in January 2015, the United States Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, took the decision on choosing the Boeing 747-8 line aircraft as the basis for construction of a new Air Force One for the US President. The only alternative was represented by double-deck Airbus A380, assembled in France, but the final choice was made in favour of the American plane.