Trump wanted a cheaper Air Force One. So the US Air Force is buying a bankrupt Russian firm's undelivered 747s

Source: Defense One

"President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. Air Force officials are now finalizing a contract with Boeing for the two planes, according to three defense officials with knowledge of the deal. The Pentagon could publicly announce the deal as soon as this week. … The 747s that will be transformed for Presidential transport were originally ordered in 2013 by Transaero, which was Russia’s second-largest airline until it went bankrupt in 2015. Boeing built two of the four jets in the order, but the airline never took ownership of them." (08/02/17)

http://www.defenseone.com/business/2017/08/russian-air-force-one-boeing-trump-747/139872/