Boeing Tanker Fight Heats Up

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Northrop Grumman and Airbus beat out Boeing to
win a 35 billion order from the Air Force three months ago.

Yet the contract to build 179 aerial refueling tankers is hardly
a done deal.

The surprise selection of a team that includes the parent
company of Boeing rival Airbus has ignited a backlash. It involves
unions representing Boeing workers, lawmakers from Washington,
Kansas and other states with Boeing plants and ``Buy American''
proponents in Congress.

They have pinned their hopes on the Government Accountability
Office, which will rule on Boeing's protest of the massive military
contract by June 19. While the Air Force is not bound by the GAO
review, the decision could determine which company wins the tanker
contract.

A Boeing tanker pact would support 44,000 new and existing jobs
at Boeing and more than 300 U.S. suppliers. Boeing would perform
some of the work in Wichita.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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