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Boeing gets tanker jet deal restored

November 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A federal appeals court has reversed a ruling that overturned Boeing Co.'s $1.1-billion contract for maintenance of an Air Force refueling tanker jet.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reinstates Chicago-based Boeing's 10-year contract for work on the KC-135 Stratotanker, the Air Force's primary mid-flight refueling aircraft.

Rival bidder Alabama Aircraft Industries Inc. had argued the contract was not properly awarded to Boeing, citing pricing and past performance. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled for Alabama in 2008 and ordered the Air Force to re-solicit bids for the maintenance deal.

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