Boeing prepares ‘final’ bid for Air Force tanker

By Dow Jones Newswires
Posted Feb. 1 at 12:55 p.m.

Boeing Co. said Tuesday that it would submit a “final” bid for a $35 billion contract to supply the U.S. military with 179 aerial refueling tankers, as it tries to beat European rival Airbus.

A Boeing spokesman said the firm and  Air Force officials discussed the company’s proposal Monday and revisions would follow.

“This was our last opportunity to get feedback from the Air Force on our proposal before the end of the tanker competition,” Bill Barksdale said in a company blog post.  “Based on this feedback, we’re now making final adjustments to our bid, which we will provide Feb. 11 to the Air Force.”

The revised final proposal “will represent our best and final offer to the Air Force — one that matches decades of tanker experience and the best state-of-the-art technology with a proven Boeing airframe to best fulfill the Air Force’s requirements.”

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