Thursday, January 29, 2009

Airbus won't bid on Air Force One

EADS, which still hopes to build aerial tankers in Mobile, Ala., said it will decline an invitation to bid on a contract to replace Air Force One. The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. wants to remain focused on military contracts. EADS North America spokesman Tim Paynter said building the presidential jet won’t help the company meet its business objective in the United States. The decision likely makes Boeing the sole contender to build Air Force One. (Sources: multiple, including AFP, Mobile Press-Register, 01/29/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS also operates the American Eurocopter plant in Columbus, Miss., and an EADS CASA maintenance facility in Mobile, Ala.