On Thursday, it was revealed that Boeing filed a lawsuit against GDC Technics and canceled related contracts it has for the Air Force One replacement program. The US planemaker cites delays in GDC Technics completing interior work as the prime factor in the legal action.
Failure to meet contractual obligations
According to Reuters, Boeing states that delays on the part of GDC Technics “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.” The statement comes from an official court filing, which Bloomberg reports to be case 236-324551-21 in the Tarrant County District Court (Texas): “The Boeing Co. v. GDC Technics LLC.”
Who is GDC Technics?
According to its website, GDC Technics has “multiple business line disciplines, including Engineering & Technical Services, Modifications, Electronic Systems, R&D, Government services, and MRO services.”
In relation to the Air Force One contract it has with Boeing, GDC Technics has the ability to conduct “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.”
In fact, it’s not just American head-of-state aircraft that GDC has worked on. In October of last year, the company announced that it had delivered one of two 777-300ERs modified for a confidential “head-of-state” customer. GDC boasted exterior modifications and additional interior cabin customizations. While the company’s press release kept the country confidential, the timing lines up perfectly with India taking delivery of its first Air India One 777-300ER.
More relevant to the global health crisis and the scarcity of cargo capacity, GDC Technics notes that it offers a full range of freighter conversions in conjunction with its industrial partners. Conversions are available for the following models:
- Airbus A320/321
While Simple Flying reached out to the communications representative for GDC Technics, no response was received at the time of publication. Other media sources note that the company has not responded to their respective requests either.
Meanwhile, the Air Force has re-directed all inquiries on the subject to Boeing.
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