After a decade of embarrassing missteps and disputes, the Pentagon handed a job-rich $35-billion contract to Chicago-based Boeing Co. to build a fleet of 179 aerial refueling tankers that carries the promise of work for an estimated 50,000 aerospace employees.
In an announcement that took industry experts by surprise, word came down late Thursday that Boeing had bested archrival Airbus and its parent company European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co., or EADS.
The fight between Boeing and EADS was bitter and hard fought. The lucrative tanker contract is believed to be the last new major Pentagon purchase for years to come.
"Boeing was the clear winner," said William J. Lynn, deputy secretary of Defense, in making the announcement. "We went through a process that evaluated war-fighting requirements, evaluated price, evaluated life-cycle costs. And the process yielded the result it did with Boeing winning."
The question on everybodys mind is will EADS appeal the decision.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Gravity always wins!
Can't beat a cold Bud in a blast frosted glass with the side walls open in the Bean Post Pub
Bay Ridge Brooklyn for that Metro Beer experience.
The beer is on me. From 6pm onwards at Jurys Hotel, Eastern Perimeter Rd Heathrow London, on May 13 2011. Seeing the gain in my Boeing shares I need to spend the spoils of the tanker competition on beer for all of you, come all come one and have a good time with friendly banter and tanker talk etc.
When I drink a Bud it always reminds me about making love in a canoe... it is f...... close to water .(Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl)
I am sure the bar at Jurys Hotel has beer for everybodys palate.
That Bud comment is perfect. What's closer to water is Bud Light.
To all "posters" on the Tanker issue. The offer for free beer (for all posters) on this issue still stands, the details are below
The beer is on me. From 6pm onwards at the bar, Jurys Hotel, Eastern Perimeter Rd Heathrow, London, on May 13 2011. Seeing the gain in my Boeing shares I need to spend the spoils of the tanker competition on beer for all of you, come all come one and have a good time with friendly banter and tanker talk etc.
I will be checking your nom de plume :-)) so I do not have to buy beer for all of London.