“Air Force One is going to be incredible,” Trump said. “It’s gonna be the top of the line. The top in the world and it’s gonna be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”
Trump added that the contract was a good deal, saying he saved $1.5 billion.
The Associated Press reported in February that the price includes work to modify two 747-800 commercial planes with equipment needed for the presidential aircraft, such as a secure communications suite, self-defense system, medical facility and electrical power upgrades. It will also include work to build and develop the two planes.
"Boeing is proud to build the next generation of Air Force One, providing American presidents with a flying White House at outstanding value to taxpayers," the company said in a statement Feb. 27. "President Trump negotiated a good deal on behalf of the American people."
Work on the aircraft will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by December 2024.
"I hate to say this, it's gonna be a long time," Trump told CBS News. "It's a very complex project. But by the time it gets built, you're gonna have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it."