Boeing Files A Lawsuit Against A Supplier For Its Air Force One 747-8 Conversion
Boeing sued GDC Technics on Thursday, 8th April 2021, and also terminated contracts with the company for the Air Force One replacement program. According to aircraft manufacturing giant GDC Technics has delayed the completion of the interior work, and it has led them to file a lawsuit. The issue has been filed in court with case number 236-324551-21 in the Tarrant County District Court (Texas): “The Boeing Co. v. GDC Technics LLC.”
According to some parts of Boeing’s statement, GDC Technics caused delays that “have resulted in millions of dollars in damages to Boeing and threaten to jeopardize work that is of critical importance to the (U.S. Air Force) and the president of the United States.”
Some time back, Boeing was awarded a multi-million dollar of replacing the iconic ‘Air Force Ones’ with 747-8s. The delivery time was projected to be December 2024. However, although Boeing cited in its suit that GDC Technics’ failure to deliver on time may affect the initial timeline, the company is optimistic about still sticking to the delivery schedule.
GDC Technics may not be very popular with the average person. In terms of their services, their website states that they have “multiple business line disciplines, including Engineering & Technical Services, Modifications, Electronic Systems, R&D, Government services, and MRO services.”
Highlighting their services further, GDC Technics boasts of the ability to handle “modification and completion work for VIP/VVIP, Head-of-State, Commercial, and Military customers on a variety of aircraft ranging from upper business jets to both narrow- and wide-body aircraft.” However, the company has failed to make good on its arrangement with Boeing.
In October last year, there were speculations that GDC had modified Air India One’s 777-300ER. This was because they had announced the delivery of a modified 777-300ER aircraft to a foreign Head of State. The announcement came around the same time India announced the delivery of its Air India One 777-300ER.
At the time of this report, GDC Technics is yet to make any formal statement on the matter.