The ante has been upped in the tanker competition: Airbus Would Build Civilian Jets As Part Of US Deal
The European maker of Airbus planes said Monday it would build civilian jets, as well as military tanker jets as previously reported, in the U.S. if it wins a massive U.S. Air Force contract for refueling tanker planes.
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADSY), or EADS, said it would put production of the Northrop Grumman KC-30 Tanker platform and the Airbus A330 civilian freighter aircraft at its Mobile, Ala., aerospace center if it wins the contract.
EADS and U.S. partner Northrop Grumman (NOC) are locked in a fierce battle with U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co. (BA) for the contract, which could be worth up to $200 billion.
The KC-30 is going against Boeing’s KC-767. Final bids were submitted a couple of weeks ago.
EADS has three retired generals advocating for the larger of the two, which happens to be the KC-30.
Meanwhile, Boeing has released a study which shows that commercial 767s are 24% more fuel efficient than commercial A-330s.