- Title: Upbeat Boeing CEO says meeting with Trump 'very productive'
- Date: 17th January 2017
- Summary: LE BOURGET, NEAR PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - JUNE 19, 2011) (REUTERS) PAN ACROSS BOEING 747-8 INTERCONTINENTAL PLANE BACKING INTO POSITION NEW GENERAL ELECTRIC ENGINE COCKPIT OF PLANE PAN ACROSS BODY OF PLANE FRONT OF PLANE
- Embargoed: 31st January 2017 17:35
- Keywords: Boeing Trump Dennis Muilenburg Donald Trump Air Force One
- Location: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / VARIOUS LOCATIONS - SEE SCRIPT BODY FOR LOCATIONS
- City: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / VARIOUS LOCATIONS - SEE SCRIPT BODY FOR LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA0045ZH0LZB
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- Story Text:Boeing Co Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said he had a "very productive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday (January 17) and was encouraged by progress in talks on the Air Force One replacement fleet and on fighter planes.
"We discussed Air Force One, we discussed fighter aircraft," Muilenburg told reporters after the hour-long meeting. "We made some great progress on simplifying requirements on Air Force One, streamlining the process ... all that is going to provide a better airplane at a lower cost. I'm pleased with the progress there."
Trump called the meeting at Trump Tower in New York after he pressured the Chicago-based aerospace and defense company last month to lower prices on Air Force One and to price a contract with Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet to compete with Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter.
Trump met with Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg on Dec. 21, and posted a Twitter message the next day saying he had asked Boeing to offer its older-generation aircraft as a possible alternative to the F-35.
Trump had previously threatened to cancel Boeing's Air Force One presidential aircraft sale, saying the price was too high, and extracted a pledge from Boeing to keep the cost of the program under $4 billion (USD).
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