Greaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2270 times:
Yes, the order is 97% inevitable..
1%..Blair, 1%...disagreement, 1%.. unlucky.
The A330 seems to be in a better light than the 767, esp. after Dryun's incident. However depending on their time requirements we COULD (note the Caps) see a rebid for Boeing to sell their 7E7, if RAF HAS the time..but unlikely.
BTW, USAF does not currently operate the T767s....
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
The RAF want both a VC-10 and L1011 replacement, they want to be able to carry troops/freight without changing the cabin and still do refuelling, they want enough fuel capacity to do refuelling without installing tanks in the fuselage, they want a lot of range and capacity.
Hence the A330.
Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2183 times:
Although the MOD has chosen the A330 they are still a long way off signing a contract.
It's not just about the aircraft, its about the whole package of a private company (in this case Air Tanker ltd) providing a service for the next 25 years. The aircraft will be hired to the RAF complete with a full supporting package, from aircrew, maintenance, training and even providing crew transport.
The RAF can't wait to get hold of the aircraft. It's just that the small print is going to take a little time to sort out.
CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
I'll miss those old birdS though - my new girlfriend lives at the end of the Brize runway. What a glorious sound! Shes less appreciative of course but there you go. Im loving those Globemasters too though - dont they make a lovely sound when at TOGA just lifting off? Fabulous... I dare say a load of A332s will make the missus happy - the rolls T772 is a VERY quiet engine....
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???