VIDEO: Boeing’s Albaugh on KC-X contract award timing

Hopes of a KC-X contract award in February — raised only yesterday by EADS North America chief executive Sean O’Keefe — were quickly dampened. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley invoked an inscrutable phrase to describe the current timing of the KC-135 replacement. After remarks at an Air Force Association breakfast, Donley told reporters the KC-X source selection process is “moving toward completion”, but offered no date or timeframe at all. A few hours later, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Jim Albaugh told reporters: “I’m not holding my breath.” When told that O’Keefe had predicted a contract signing in February, Albaugh replied: “Whatever decision is made is one that is going to undergo a lot of scrutiny, and if I were to hazard a guess on a date I would say later rather than sooner.”

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4 Responses to VIDEO: Boeing’s Albaugh on KC-X contract award timing

  1. mrpither 13 January, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Thanks AGAIN Boeing! One way or another you make sure no tankers will be built anytime soon, and even later than that should you win it…

  2. snogglethorpe 17 January, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    C’mon mrpither, stop trolling.

    You’d have to be completely nuts to think this mess (which is largely the Air Force’s fault, though part of that has been their weakness and incompetence in the face of very hardball lobbying by both sides) will be untangled in a month.

    I very much doubt O’Keefe believes that either, whatever he said to the press.

  3. mrpither 19 January, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    No, this goes back to the taxpayer bargain “lease” deal that was scuttled due to illegal activities of the military and Boeing officials. We could have new tankers flying now if not for that. And then even after that, we’d now be close to having KC-45s were it not for Boeing’s shotgun blast of protests that somehow hit just enough to derail that one. Boeing strikes again. And with that act, they have forced the Air Force to work so hard to craft a protest-proof RFP (impossible) we find ourselves where we are today. Waiting…..

  4. snogglethorpe 20 January, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    There’s plenty of culpability to go around. EADS is just as guilty as Boeing, for distorting the bid process so much through hardball lobbying and pressure on the Air Force that the most recent result was based more on political realities than technical ones.

    Of course the Air Force is of course ultimately responsible for bending over and taking it on demand when the politicos came to call. Everybody _expects_ the bidders to try, but it falls to the AF to at least make an attempt at keeping the process neutral (it will never be completely so, of course); at this, they failed big time, and they’re suffering the consequences.

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