Boeing was awarded a $16.1 million contract to refurbish the interior of a US Air Force C-32A, an executive transport popularly known by its call sign “Air Force Two” when the vice-president travels aboard.
The interior upgrades and refurbishments are being done to match the look of the presidential section of the VC-25A, also known as “Air Force One,” according to a notice online.
“The requirements necessitate a combination of the following: upgraded interior elements; refurbished interior elements; painting and cleaning; replacing double-seat configuration with triple-seat configuration, aft of Door 3,” says the USAF’s contract notice online.
Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and at other unnamed locations, and is expected to be completed by August 2019.
The C-32A is based on a Boeing 757-200 commercial airliner and was first introduced into service in 1998, according to the USAF’s website. The primary passengers are the vice-president, the first lady, members of the cabinet, senators and representatives.
On 1 August, the USAF also posted a request for information indicating that it was considering replacing its C-32A aircraft, as well as the 747-200-derived E-4B and 707-based E-6B, with a single aircraft type.
The USAF plans to replace its current fleet of presidential aircraft, two 747-200-based VC-25A aircraft delivered in 1991, with two 747-8s originally built for Russian carrier Transaero, which filed for bankruptcy in 2015 before it could take delivery. The new presidential aircraft together cost $3.9 billion and are scheduled to begin flying in December 2024.
Boeing declines to comment beyond the contract notice. The USAF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.