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.