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UK's RAF About To Order 20 A330 Tankers  
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

Even though this has been dragging on for quite some time now, I think a final deal is on the horizon for upto 20 A330 tankers in a deal worth £13 billion.

The European AirTanker consortium, led by aerospace group European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co, has been named preferred bidder for a 13 bln stg deal to build refuelling aircraft for the UK's Royal Air Force.

http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/050228/323/fdg1l.html

It doesn't seem like Boeing have pushed for their B767Tankers hard enough.

Horus


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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2950 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3719 times:

Not really a buy, the RAF would be leasing them. $1 billion per airframe, that seems like a good deal to me.......


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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

Quoting Spacepope (reply 1):
Not really a buy, the RAF would be leasing them. $1 billion per airframe, that seems like a good deal to me.......



How much does it cost any airline to lease and operate an aircraft for 27 years? Plus the aircraft have to be modified into tankers.

Although its a lot of money, the MOD have worked hard to ensure value for money for the tax payer so I don't think its overly expensive.


User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

Apart from superior tanker capasity it will give the RAF a long range strategic transport capability they haven't had before, meeting new globalization requirements.

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2950 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

Question:

Will these aircraft be modified with a main deck cargo door like the L-1011s?



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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

Spacepope,

There are no plans to add a freight door up top. The current cargo holds are considered sufficient, though they will be modified to take the NATO pallet.

The main deck will be modified to take 40 stretchers if required.


User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9891 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

Nice nice.... Big grin

A388


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