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EADS CEO Louis Gallois went public today in Europe with his prediction that the USAF will award a tanker contract next month. The best and final bid will be submitted this month.
We previously noted that the final bids were due this month and a contract award expected next month.
Meanwhile, here is an interesting story on the tanker from KING5 TV in Seattle, with this piece.
As readers know, the competition is a price shoot-out. As the KING story notes, Boeing continues to be worried about the benefit EADS has from subsidies found to be illegal by the WTO on the ability to under-price Boeing, but as we noted in this post last year, WTO may not have the effect Boeing fears; the withdrawal of Northrop Grumman as a partner to EADS has a much larger benefit to EADS’ ability to price the airplane.
Here’s a story we did for Commercial Aviation Online.
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Boeing 777 orders on the cards
|Source:||Commercial Aviation Online|
Boeing is likely to have a very good next few months for its 777 line.
CAO has learned that that company is probably going to announce several major orders for the airplane, predominately if not entirely for the 777-300ER. One order is said to be for 20 777-300ERs and could be announced within the next few weeks. As many as four major orders are anticipated in the next few months, CAO is told.