Exactly - the issue wasn’t the replacement as such, rather the price. The 747-8I is the perfect replacement.
The engineering consultant pay rates are eye watering even by the high rates demanded by “regular” engineering contractors.
ATW quoted some engineering groups were quoting $500 per hour per engineer, as opposed to a more normal level of $150.
The cost of the engines initially didn’t include any level of discount, and rumours have it Boeing bumped UP the basic aircraft list price before any engineering discussions took place.
I agree with Trump, make a healthy profit from a complicated job.
But don’t rip off the tax payer and expect people to be fine with Boeing chanting the patriotic slogans and PR about AF1 being Boeing / all American bla bla blaa.
No one respects corporate greed on this scale.