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Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 4:54 am

WASHINGTON -- The parent company of European aircraft maker Airbus Thursday selected four Southern states as finalists for a $600 million U.S. factory to build refueling tankers for the U.S. military.

Sites in Mobile, Ala.; Melbourne, Fla.; Kiln, Miss.; and North Charleston, S.C., will compete for the right to host the U.S. factory, which could begin operations as soon as next year.

http://www.kirotv.com/money/4454821/detail.html
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NYC777
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 4:56 am

Doesn't matter 'cause the USAF isn't about to give another govt. subsidy to Airbus on top of the one they already receive from the EU.
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 4:59 am

I used to live in Melbourne and I think it would be an interesting choice especially with Grumman already being there. And its not like they would be in the way of passenger traffic. You could probably flatten the terminal there and put up the factory and no one would notice.
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 5:10 am

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 1):
Doesn't matter 'cause the USAF isn't about to give another govt. subsidy to Airbus on top of the one they already receive from the EU.

That makes no sense. Airbus don't want to build a new site in the US to build planes for Fiji do they? The US government is the one PURCHASING the new airplanes for THEMSELVES, whether it is Boeing or Airbus. The USAF didn't say "oh, we have some spare money, let's help out Boeing/Airbus and not get anything in return." If I go out and buy a new computer from Dell, I am not giving subsidies to Dell am I?
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 5:12 am

At least we don't have to worry about Airbus and Boeing being across the street from each other now...
 
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 5:13 am

Dow Jones - 05/05/05:

...the U.S. factory, which could begin operations as soon as next year.

"...After careful evaluation, four locations emerged as the sites most capable of meeting the transportation, personnel and manufacturing demands of large military aircraft assembly," said Ralph Crosby Jr., chairman and CEO of EADS North America.

"The site we ultimately select will be our partner in creating the U.S. industrial capacity necessary to produce the best, most capable aerial refueling tanker aircraft for the U.S. Air Force," Crosby said.

More than 70 sites from 32 states had responded to a request by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (5730.FR), parent company of Airbus, for information on the bidding process...

...EADS has said it hoped to build a refueling tanker to compete with the Boeing 767 for a multibillion dollar Air Force contract to replace the aging fleet of Boeing-built KC-135 tankers.

...The four sites selected as finalists are Mobile Downtown Airport, Mobile, Ala., Melbourne International Airport, Melbourne, Fla.; Stennis International Airport, Kiln, Miss.; and Charleston International Airport, North Charleston, S.C.

The four finalists will have until the end of May to submit a detailed bid. EADS North America said it expects to select the site by July.

Initially, the company plans an engineering center that would employ 100 to 150 people. If the company wins the Air Force contract, it would then team with a U.S. defense contractor to build the factory, which could employ as many as 1,100 people.

Speculation has centered on a possible partnership with Northrup Grumman Corp., but EADS officials have not confirmed that a deal has been reached."

see also:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...eral_aviation/read.main/2093291/6/
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 5:56 am

Interesting.

I wonder how many people Boeing would employ to build the KC767 from scratch in the US.......
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 6:07 am

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 1):
Doesn't matter 'cause the USAF isn't about to give another govt. subsidy to Airbus on top of the one they already receive from the EU.

True. They (USAF) can give it to Boeing through indirect tax breaks and other goodies, like they always have instead!
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 6:29 am

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 1):
Doesn't matter 'cause the USAF isn't about to give another govt. subsidy to Airbus on top of the one they already receive from the EU.

If Boeing is swimming in 787 orders, it will be less controversial for the gov't to buy a KC-330, especially when the southern politicians start pulling for it.
 
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 7:04 am

There is one and only one reason why I don't see the USAF ordering the A330 Tanker. The current US-EU feuding over Airbus subsidies. Now what would it look like if the US gov't made a huge deal over Airbus, and then turned around and ordered a crapload of airplanes from them?
 
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RE: Washington Doesn't Make Cut For Possible New Airbu

Fri May 06, 2005 7:43 am

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 9):
Now what would it look like if the US gov't made a huge deal over Airbus, and then turned around and ordered a crapload of airplanes from them?

Actually, it would neutralize the issue that Boeing receives indirect subsidies through DoD purchases, when combined with EADS/Airbus orders from European militaries. Launch aid in the form of loans that can be partially forgiven if a product fails would have a poor case.
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