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AirTanker is a UK company dedicated exclusively to providing the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Under the world's largest Defence Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, AirTanker will deliver a service that provides comprehensive air-to-air refuelling and air transport capabilities to the Royal Air Force (RAF), using new, multi role tanker transport aircraft derived from Airbus A330-200 commercial airliners.

With the contract and the financing in place detailed preparations are now underway to enable service delivery to begin from 2011.

NDS - News Distribution Service - Thursday 27 March 2008 13:39 - Ministry Of Defence

A fleet of new Airbus A330-200s will replace the RAF's TriStar and VC-10 aircraft under a £13 billion PFI deal signed today with AirTanker Ltd, announced Baroness Taylor, the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support.

The aircraft - which will be owned by AirTanker under the terms of the deal, although they will fly in RAF 'colours' - will undertake air to air refueling and passenger air transport tasks. The aircraft are expected to enter service around 2011, to serve for three decades.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)
by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Thu May 22nd, 2008 at 06:37:08 AM EST
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Holy hell...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu May 22nd, 2008 at 08:51:28 AM EST
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I take back my comment of a couple of days ago about never seeing PFIs in a defence context.

Does the company have the right to withdraw their assets if the government engaged in excessively risky activities with them?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu May 22nd, 2008 at 09:36:42 AM EST
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I don't now all the details of the contract, it's very recent and a lot of questions remain, like wich crews (military or civilian) will fly this birds, insurance costs......

But the idea is that when the military don't need the tankers (imagine, no more wars) the company can use them for civilian (charter) freight or passenger (+240) transport. This plane, the A330-200, can do this different tasks without reconfiguration.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Thu May 22nd, 2008 at 10:58:34 AM EST
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Perhaps Bush & Cheney have shown them the wisdom of having private military contractors such as Blackwater

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 23rd, 2008 at 02:21:01 AM EST
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