Boeing Unveils More Details for Tanker Deal

15 September 2009 (Last Updated September 15th, 2009 18:30)

Boeing has unveiled more details of their potential offering for the US Air Force KC-X tanker competition. The company plans to offer either the 767-based tanker or the larger 777-based aircraft for the aerial tanker competition based on the request for proposal. The firm inte

Boeing has unveiled more details of their potential offering for the US Air Force KC-X tanker competition.

The company plans to offer either the 767-based tanker or the larger 777-based aircraft for the aerial tanker competition based on the request for proposal.

The firm intends to pitch a 767-based tanker if the air force requires a flexible wide-body tanker that can operate in an austere, expeditionary environment, and the 777-based tanker if the air force places more emphasis on fuel, cargo and passengers.

Boeing KC-X director and programme manager Rick Lemaster said the aviation firm is prepared to offer the best solution through the KC-7A7.

"Whether it's the agile 767-based tanker or the larger 777-based tanker, Boeing is ready to deliver maximum capability at the lowest cost," Lemaster said.

The Boeing 767-based tanker can offload 20% more fuel, carry three times the cargo and fly five times the number of passengers compared with the USAF's current KC-135, within a comparable narrow-body footprint, according to a Boeing statement.

The Boeing 777-based tanker, meanwhile, is comparable in size to the Airbus A330 and delivers 23% more fuel and carries 44% more cargo and 42% more passengers than the A330 in a more technologically advanced airframe.

The Pentagon is still in the process of drafting the rules for the estimated $35bn aerial tanker aircraft deal.