Boeing Gets Another Shot at Tanker Deal

But the Pentagon, in reopening the Air Force's $35 billion award to Northrop Grumman and EADS, may have put Boeing at a disadvantage

As the Pentagon reopens bidding for a $35 billion contract to provide the Air Force with 179 new aerial refueling tankers, Boeing (BA) may already be at a disadvantage. The Defense Department plans to give extra credit in the bidding process for a larger plane, which would appear to favor Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) and its partner European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EAD.PA) over Boeing, according to Congressman Norm Dicks (D-Wa.), who spoke to the Pentagon official in charge of the contracting process.

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