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Senators, Rossi weigh in on tanker bid

The nation’s nine-year debate on how to replace Air Force tankers became a talking point in two places Tuesday: the floor of the U.S. Senate and the campaign trail in …


EADS submits tanker bid

SEATTLE – Airbus parent company EADS on Thursday submitted its proposal for the U.S. Air Force aerial refueling tanker to the Pentagon, a day ahead of the deadline for submissions. …


Jet maker won’t bid too low on tanker, CEO says

The CEO of Boeing said on Thursday that it’s possible his company will be underbid by its European competitor. Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney told analysts in New York …


Pentagon delays tanker award to Nov. 12

The Pentagon is delaying the award of a huge contract for its new tanker jet by almost three months, pushing it past the November elections.


Boeing competitor will bid on Air Force tanker job

WASHINGTON – With the encouragement of the Pentagon, the European parent of Airbus said Tuesday that it will compete for a $35 billion Air Force contract to build aerial refueling …


Pentagon extends Air Force tanker bid deadline

The deadline for bids on a $35 billion contract for refueling jets will be extended by 60 days so the European maker of Airbus can compete, the Pentagon said Wednesday.


Editorial: Tanker bid process needs firm conditions

Just when we thought the tortuous journey to a new generation of aerial refueling tankers was coming to an end, a new twist emerges. Northrop Grumman-EADS dropped out of the …


Editorial: Boeing’s odds good, but caution still needed

The fact that Northrop Grumman and its European partner EADS have bowed out of the bidding for a new generation of tankers is certainly cause for rejoicing in Washington state. …


Boeing rival drops out of tanker fight

SEATTLE – Northrop Grumman announced Monday that it will not bid on the Air Force refueling tanker contract, leaving Boeing’s Everett-built 767 as the sole airplane competing for the $40 …


Aerial tanker contract again up for grabs

WASHINGTON – The Air Force launched a new competition Wednesday for a contract to begin replacing the nation’s aging fleet of aerial tankers, but it’s not clear whether Northrop Grumman …


Air Force won’t consider WTO ruling in tanker bidding

WASHINGTON — As it seeks new bids on a $35 billion contract to start replacing its fleet of aging aerial refueling tankers, the U.S. Air Force has decided against considering …


Gates restores Air Force authority in tanker deal

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday restored the Air Force’s authority to select the winner of a $35 billion contract for aerial refueling tankers between Boeing Co. and …


Boeing gets boost from ruling in world trade dispute

Confidentially, the United States has won a major victory for Boeing Co. in its ongoing fight against allegedly illegal European government aid to rival Airbus. Confidentially because the World Trade …


Tanker deal closer, general says

The selection of a new plane to replace the Air Force’s aging tanker fleet could be finalized within a year, a four-star general said Friday at Fairchild Air Force Base. …


General says tanker contract should be finalized next year

The selection of new plane to replace the Air Force’s aging tanker fleet could be finalized within a year, a four-star general said Friday at Fairchild Air Force Base.


Congressman says tanker contract won’t be split

Congressman Norm Dicks says a proposal to split an air tanker contract is dead.


Boeing would be willing to split tanker program

WASHINGTON – Boeing Co.’s top defense executive said Wednesday the company will support splitting a $35 billion contract with rival Northrop Grumman Corp. for new Air Force refueling jets if …


New Air Force tanker competition slated for summer

Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to try again this summer to pick a defense contractor to build a badly needed replacement for the Air Force’s 50-year-old fleet of aerial refueling …


Our View: Split contract would yield lesser-quality tankers

The way it’s looking, the country’s next generation of aerial refueling tankers will be in the pipeline for more than a decade before the first plane goes into service. That …


Lawmaker proposes split deal for tanker

WASHINGTON – Despite opposition from the Pentagon, one of the most powerful members of the House Appropriations Committee is considering including a provision in an upcoming supplemental defense bill that …