Production of Boeing’s new Air Force One jet was halted earlier this year due to problems at the planemaker’s factory The Wall Street Journal reports on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The disruption included attempts to place one of the two jets under development on jack stands, but the weight of some jacks exceeded the limit, raising concerns about aircraft damage, the report added.
Boeing and the Pentagon are in negotiations over a delivery schedule for the new Air Force One jets, the Journal reported.
Last year, Boeing said it found two empty tequila bottles on one of the Air Force One planes being developed in San Antonio, even though alcohol is banned at all Boeing factories, according to media reports.
Former President Donald Trump had criticized the US aircraft manufacturer for high prices for the heavily modified 747-8 aircraft. However, the company landed a $3.9 billion contract in 2018 to build two aircraft to serve as Air Force One jets.
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has also been plagued by manufacturing failures, while delivery delays prompted several complaints from airlines.
The aircraft manufacturer did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
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