Landing the tanker

BERLIN - I’m traveling in Berlin today for some media and aviation forums, but couldn’t escape hearing all the predictions that EADS would win the U.S. Air Force refueling tanker contract. So when word came down that Boeing landed the deal, I couldn’t have been happier. Needless to say, it means a lot to every employee at Boeing and even more so to our 767 team in Everett. Here’s to our bright future with the KC-46A tanker (click here to see a new video featuring tanker animation). You can read our news release here.

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The NewGen Tanker.

Comments (27)

Bill:

Congratulations!

Jon Evans (Coral Springs, FL, USA):

Dear Randy,

Congratulations to the whole Boeing team!!!

I was very pleased to hear that Boeing will continue the long tradition of supplying the right aircraft for the US Air Force to carry out their vital missions.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Congratulations on the KC-46A order, thousands of jobs will be created and with the legendary KC-135 long in the tooth, the new tanker cannot come soon enough, hopefully the 777 tanker will be ordered later on.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

The US Air Force made the right choice. Airbus cannot beat the 50+ years of flying boom expertise. Also, being able to operate from smaller airfields is critical when fighting a war.

I am glad that the tax I pay go towards procuring a Boeing product.

Adolfo Pedregosa (Hong Kong):

Congratulations!

Cameron Tu (Murrieta, CA):

I can barely contain my excitement! Congratulations Boeing! It was a hard-fought battle but suffice to say you have come out on top. The 767 is a significant aircraft to me, and it makes me happy to know that plenty new ones will continue to be manufactured. Yay!

TOM STAHL (ST. LOUIS, MO. USA):

CONGRATULATIONS BOEING TANKER TEAM, FOR 1 BRIEF SHINING MOMENT, THE ARMED FORCES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, AMERICANS IN GENERAL, ACTED TOGETHER FOR THE SECURITY AND FINANCIAL WELFARE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ITS PEOPLE!

Ron Kirker (Richardson, Texas):

Why is everyone so surprised?

EADS (and NG/EADS previously) offered a "MID-SIZED" tanker that was physically larger than the present large tanker (KC-10) with less fuel and cargo capability than the existing large tanker. When you consider that the typical KC-135 mission returns with excess fuel, even the 767 based tanker is arguably too large for the mission. The real reason for replacing the KC-135 is age of the equipment, not fuel capacity. Why procure something excessively larger when larger is not really an asset? More booms in the air at one time (more of the smaller tankers) is the preferred option from an operational standpoint.

Let EADS try again when the Air Force replaces the KC-10 in a few years; however, even then, a 777 or 747 based tanker would fit the mission better.

Thor (Renton, WA):

What a wonderful win for all of Boeing to be awarded the tanker contract. The 767 is a great airplane and will perform well. UPS loves that airplane.

There was much talk about how we should win the contract because of "Buying American," or because of the jobs it produces. All well and good thoughts. Don't you think we should be the contract because our airplane is a better fit for the Air Forces needs? More jobs and Buy American are great, yet the airplane performance is what will make history. The airplane performance is what stays with the Air Force long after the winning the award is forgotten. The product will bring the Air Force back for the next order. We [Boeing] CAN do this!

Dave Daggett (Everett, WA):

It was a grueling process of having to go through the bid process a couple of times, but I think the public ended up getting a better deal. I noticed we made the airplane more environmentally progressive on the 2nd round by installing winglets. As fuel prices continue to rise, our fuel efficient airplane will save taxpayers more money over the long run and be better for the environment.

JL (Toulouse, France):

Randy,
Congratulations but please do not make us believe Boeing was the underdog in this contest.
Best regards,
J

Jim Hasstedt (Everett, WA, USA):

Congratulations all around! This was a hard won victory, and although some may disagree, it only makes sense to award a major US military contract like this to a US based company. Now we can quit wasting time and get to work building airplanes!

Vincent (Seattle, WA):

Congratulations to the Tanker team! Now let's see if we have enough workers to get all these programs to delivery and support, not to mention work on the next 737 and 777 airplanes. It will be a challenge!

Brian G. Johnson (seattle wa king):

767 all the way!!!!!

Ronald L. Simpson Vice-President Dist. 837 lodge A (St.Louis,Mo ):

Congrats to the One Boeing team to all the executives and all the employees throughout the corporation. Terrific Win! We in St.Louis are so proud. Job Well Done!

Sachin Galgalikar (Everett, WA):

I am glad the Air Force has made the right decision for the American taxpayers and for all those who will get new jobs because of this contract; that will be Boeing's contribution to the on-going recovery from the Great Recession!!

Go Tanker Team - All the very Best to you!!!!

Jim F. (Bellevue, WA):

She's a beautiful bird and will keep us in the tanker business - where we belong. Looking forward to the day that aircraft number 2000 rolls off the 767 line!

Jonathan (Everett):

Great,
Why wait four years for her Maiden Flight? Let's start today: I know the 767 team can deliver the KC-46A WAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE and on budget.

Mike Williamson (Pymble, NSW, Australia):

Congratulations Boeing.

Nice work and the right plane for the right job for sure. I only wish Australia had done the same. They're having all kinds of problems trying to turn their A330MRTT into a tanker.

Seth (Sea.):

Great News!
My hat goes off to everyone involved in this decade long process.
The Boeing Company, and The Machinist Union worked together in landing this deal for our Country, Community, and Company.
The steadfastness of indivual Union Employees, who took the time to petition their represenatives, and even the White House, combined with the outstanding effort of the Boeing officials involved, truly came together in a true "Working Together" atmosphere.
This is a proud event for the Company, and the Unions, and should be recognized as such.
We've got a bright future ahead!

tony:

i'm happy boeing's great suppliers esp. from Japan who overwhelmingly buy boeing airliners will receive substantial jobs, revenue and profits from this decision as well. The 767's suppliers are such high quality producers and deserve this. It even supports our great customers!

Neil Doh (Bothell, Washington, US):

I totally agree with JL (Toulouse, France):

"please do not make us believe Boeing was the underdog in this contest."

Numbers don't lie. The 767 is the RIGHT SIZE airplane for the mission, and is the most optimum airframe to satisfy the USAF tanking requirements, second to NONE.

Congratulations to the One Boeing, and especially the Air Tanker Team.

Paul Campbell (Hervey Bay QLD Australia):

Congratulations to all the staff at Boeing Corporation on your hardwork and professionalism in winning the Tanker bid.

I follow the progress of Boeing through Boeing News, Randy's Blog and the Boeing web site. Its pleasing to see a company get on with the job of delivering new products like the 787 and 747-8 programs and overcome any problems during the certification process. Boeing Corporation can be an inspiration to all of us in these troubled times.

Again, congratulations from Down Under.

KEVIN PROHN (EVERETT,WASHINGTON):

THANK YOU PRESIDENT JIM McNERNEY
WITH OUT YOUR WISDOM AND LEADERSHIP THIS WIN WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE.
WE NOW SEE WHY YOU ARE PRESIDENT FOR BOEING.MAYBE YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
GOD BLESS PRESIDENT McNERNEY
GOD BLESS BOEING
GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Andy (Boise, ID):

Congratulation Boeing on winning the tanker contract. It just shows how great this product will be once delivered to our war fighters. It has already flown many missions through the political flak, acquisition fire, and foreign missile shots and has proven the superior aircraft for the mission. Even though other areas of our country did not win the assembly rights, Boeing and America won the innovative, creative and strategic high ground to build this aircraft, not just the assembly work. You can't keep a good plane down. Well Done!

Keith Warth (Sydney Australia):


Randy

A great win for employment in the USA

Regards

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Congratulations!

Well, now that the bidding process is seemingly finally over - GET OUT THERE AND DELIVER the goods.

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