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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.

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by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Thu May 22nd, 2008 at 06:37:08 AM EST
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