Boeing news | Boeing, EADS submit final bids for Air Force tanker contract | Seattle Times Newspaper
By Dominic Gates
Seattle Times aerospace reporter
The two contenders for the Air Force aerial-refueling tanker contract, Boeing and Airbus parent EADS, submitted their final bids Thursday.
Boeing has proposed a military version of its 767 airliner, to be built on its Everett assembly line alongside commercial jets.
EADS is offering an Airbus A330 tanker, to be assembled at a new wide-body jet facility in Mobile, Ala., along with commercial A330 freighter jets.
Since both contending airplanes meet all the mandatory-performance requirements, the terms of the competition mandate that the lowest price should be decisive.
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney on Thursday said Boeing’s final bid price is “aggressive but responsible.”
Speaking to analysts at a conference in New York, The Associated Press reported, McNerney told his audience: “The people in this room would be glad if we won at the bid level that we’ve put in, and would be happy if we lost at a lower level.”
However, price in the end may not be the deciding factor because the contest has become heavily politicized.