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Boeing Says In Talks With UAE On 767 Tankers Sale  
User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6477 times:

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Boeing Co. said on Monday it was in talks with the United Arab Emirates about the possible sale of Boeing 767 military refuelling planes, the same tankers involved in a scuppered 100-plane deal with the U.S. Air Force.

"We're in the middle stage of talks. They are interested in two to three tankers," James O'Neill, Boeing's vice president for tanker programmes told Reuters at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi.

"If you're doing persistent border control and your aircraft are up for a long time, they can refuel in the air instead of landing. This will increase operational effectiveness," he said.

The planemaker has orders for 767 refuelling planes from Italy and Japan but Britain and Australia have both declined to go with 767-based tankers.

Sales are important for sustaining production of the aircraft as demand from airlines has waned with the onset of other, newer models.

By far its biggest potential buyer is the U.S. Air Force, but a deal involving 100 of the planes collapsed last year in a conflict-of-interest scandal in which the Air Force's No. 2 weapons buyer was jailed and Boeing's former chief financial officer fired.

The U.S. Air Force is expected to reopen a tender for tankers this year with Boeing pitted against European rival Airbus.

I think they can get a good deal..


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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6161 times:

My understanding from a recent Times article is that the RAF have the KC330 consortium as Preferred Bidder, it is not a done deal.

User currently offlineB747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 245 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5491 times:

It surprises me that Japan is shying away from the 767, after all their new AWACS platforms are on the 767. I know that commonality is not everything, but Japans civil aviation operators (JAL, & ANA) are almost exclusively Boeing (flying ALOT of 767's) which makes parts, logistics, and experience in the region valuable.


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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5472 times:

Perhaps they are concerned at long term spares availability.

User currently offlineAtmx2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4576 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5345 times:

I thought Japan was going to use the 767 tanker.

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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4318 times:

I'd be more concerned about longterm spares if I bought Airbus....go start another war that the French don't like, boom...there goes my support!

When the AF started flying KC-135's, they bought quite a few ex-airline 707's and put them AMARC to rob off of. If we get KC-767's, watch some of the older pax 76's headed there for military spares...pretty efficient system really.


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4309 times:


I was referring to the fact that the B767 is programmed to cease production shortly.

The thread concerns the UAE NOT USA.

User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4303 times:
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Japan bought three and Italy bought four. The first one, for Italy, is having the boom installed right now.

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