Podcast: Air Force One replacement

Addison Schonland, of Innovation Analysis Group, invited me on a podcast today to discuss the Air Force One replacement story.

The other panelist is Ronald Kuhlmann, Unisys vice president of transportation. We talked about the likelihood of a Boeing vs. Airbus showdown, the possibility of sole-sourcing the aircraft to Boeing and competing the integration work, and the opportunity for the next president to make an environmental statement with his/her choice of a new Air Force One.

Listen to the full podcast

Meanwhile, the story about the USAF’s replacement plans — first reported on this blog — has had a decent run. There have been follow-up reports by Dow Jones, Fox News and a USA Today blog. Market analyst Paul Nisbet at JSA Research contributes this insight:


“A few years ago, I would have thought it very, very unlikely that Airbuscould win a bid for Air Force One. But, given what’s happened with the tankers,it could be conceivable that the Air Force would give Boeing the new tankercontract, and then offer Air Force One as a sop to Airbus,” Nisbet said.

In fact, he said, the A380, which is larger than the biggest 747 model nowavailable, could be a good choice for the presidential plane.

But leave it to Airbus to spoil the party. Here’s Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn:

“While Airbus would love tosee one of its family members become the new Air Force One, historically it isunlikely any proposal of ours would be very seriously considered.”

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3 Responses to Podcast: Air Force One replacement

  1. Royce 14 January, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    There should be no competition. It’s a stupid idea. These aircraft are in two different classes. You either want or need a bigger aircraft, or you don’t. If you don’t need an aircraft the size of the A380, you pick a smaller aircraft. Do we really need to go through a second round of competition between two dissimilar aircraft after the tanker fiasco?

  2. Stephen Trimble 14 January, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Speaking strictly as a news reporter, my reply is: “Hell, yes!”

  3. Royce 14 January, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    Lol. I thought of that after I posted my comment. Everyone loves a good Boeing/Airbus battle. Gets the blood up and eyes on the page!

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