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Australia Selects A330-200 For Air Force Tanker

Fri Apr 16, 2004 6:06 pm

“They will also have a significant strategic air lift capacity when not engaged in aerial refuelling tasks, including the ability to carry 293 passengers and a significant amount of cargo,” says Hill.

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RE: Australia Selects A330-200 For Air Force Tanker

Fri Apr 16, 2004 11:23 pm

This is interesting. There are no political influences in this decission ( buying from your home market etc). It would appear the Aussies have chosen the best of what was on offer.
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Fri Apr 16, 2004 11:37 pm

It was always likely that the RAAF might follow the RAF lead in this, while to some the A330 represents 'too much aircraft' if you have funding for only limited numbers, as well as a secondary transport role, it makes sense.
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RE: Australia Selects A330-200 For Air Force Tanker

Sat Apr 17, 2004 12:00 am

That's too bad. But as long as they don't get a single order from the US I suppose it's OK. Let Airbus sell 40-50 models around the world while Boeing takes the 400-500 from the US.

Cut the crap.

The RAAF has new BBJs -- plus they also help the American aerospace industry with numerous orders -- even when the American product is not as good as what is on offer. We are currently faced in this country with a real threat from Indonesia, which with new Sukhois (with more to come) will be superior to anything we currently have in our arsenal.

We buy the American products, because our PM is such a kiss arse to the Americans, and will order American products to appease Washington -- and I hope it won't happen that we have to put our arsenal up against Indonesia in the near future.

Here is an article which sheds a bit more light as to why the A330 was chosen

The fact that QANTAS is involved speaks volumes. The 767 in QF probably doesn't have much of a future -- since they have the new A330s, these will be in the fleet for quite some time, and hence support in a decade's time will likely be easier to obtain within this country on the A330. If, and when, QF get's rid of the 767 in the future, any 767 tanker would have to be sent overseas for work.
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RE: Australia Selects A330-200 For Air Force Tanker

Sat Apr 17, 2004 12:02 am

Also Wingman, I will add. The RAAF said specifically that the 767 tanker deal for Australia would be conditional on the USAF going ahead also. But since Boeing screwed up, the future of that program is now in doubt also. So instead of taking pot-shots at Airbus, blame Boeing for losing out. They did it to themselves.

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