Britain: Royal Air Force Orders Airbus Tankers

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New York Times
March 28, 2008
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By Associated Press
EADS, the parent of Airbus, landed its second big government order in two months when Britain signed a $26.36 billion contract to replace the Royal Air Force’s aging fleet of midair refueling tankers. Airbus will provide the Royal Air Force with 14 A330-200 passenger aircraft converted for military use under a 27-year contract. EADS, whose full name is European Aeronautic Defense and Space, was the junior partner in a consortium headed by Northrop Grumman that was chosen over Boeing to supply the United States Air Force with 179 refueling aircraft for $35 billion.