Six years after a scandal erupted over leasing terms for 100 Boeing KC-767s, the US Air Force continues to fly two Boeing-owned 737 business jets on a leased basis.
But not for long.
The USAF's leased C-40B and C40C that have transported so many congressional delegations (CODELs), high-ranking dignitaries, and even a few troops to bases all over the world are nearing the end of their lease terms. One aircraft's lease expires in December and the other expires next August.
So it's time to acquire a couple of new VIP business jets, but this time the USAF is taking a very different approach. The USAF is now soliciting to buy two used commercial jets rather than lease new aircraft. The USAF doesn't specifically ask for 737s, but the range and payload requirements dictate a next-generation 737 or Airbus A320.
And the USAF wants the aircraft, pronto. If you want this deal, you must deliver the first aircraft by 1 December, or in 81 days!
I wonder if the quick turn-around means the USAF simply wants to buy the leased C-40B and C-40C off Boeing?
Photo: US Air Force