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The protest forced Boeing to shelve its hiring plans while the Air Force reviewed the bids. Another protest would mean another hiring delay.

"We're pleased that the Air Force has reaffirmed the choice of the Boeing Co. to perform the KC-135 programmed depot maintenance contract," said Forrest Gossett, spokesman for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "The Boeing offering is the best value in terms of cost, capability and low risk. It's time to execute the contract and make sure there are no gaps in supporting the war fighter" -- a military term that refers to a combat service vehicle.

About 300 people in San Antonio work on the program that keeps the Air Force's main refueling jet in the air. Boeing Support Systems also has 80 people in Oklahoma and 75 in Missouri who are part of the project team.

Boeing will perform scheduled maintenance on the planes, which is needed every five years. Scheduled services include inspections, repairs, modifications and repainting. Unscheduled maintenance -- about half the work -- also will be performed whenever needed.

It takes Boeing 180 to 190 days to turn around one plane, and San Antonio works on as many as 25 planes a year at Port San Antonio.

About one-third of the KC-135s come here for scheduled maintenance, while the rest go to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma.

The plane has been in service for 50 years and is due to be replaced by the new KC-45, though that won't be for decades, according to Air Mobility Command.

Boeing lost the bid to build that plane for the Air Force, which announced Friday that it was going with a partnership of EADS of France and Northrop Grumman. The maintenance contract for the KC-45 has not been put out for bid.

Boeing has had the maintenance contract on the KC-135 since 1998. The San Antonio facility has completed work on 170 planes.

2008 AUG 5 - ( -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and the government of Qatar signed an agreement on July 21 for the purchase of the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to provide new strategic-airlift mobility capabilities for the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF). Qatar will sign a Foreign Military Sales agreement for contractor logistics support with the U.S. Air Force.

Boeing will begin deliveries from its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 factory, in summer 2009.

"Boeing is pleased that Qatar joins its international partners -- the U.S. Air Force, the UK Royal Air Force, Canadian Forces and the Royal Australian Air Force -- in selecting the C-17, the world's leading airlifter, to modernize its defense forces' airlift fleet," said Jean Chamberlin, vice president and general manager, Global Mobility Systems. "We look forward to delivering C-17s and a new world-class airlift capability to Qatar, with the industry-leading safety, quality and reliability that all C-17 customers enjoy."

"The QAF is very pleased to be acquiring C-17s," said H.E. Maj. Gen. Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah, chief of staff, Qatar Armed Forces. "The C-17 Globemaster III is a world-class strategic and tactical airlifter that has proven itself repeatedly around the world. This agreement marks a new era in Qatar's ability to provide strategic airlift in support of our military and humanitarian operations."

Boeing is on contract to design, build, deliver and support 190 U.S. Air Force C-17s, and the company will soon negotiate the contract for 15 additional C-17s that were approved in the 2008 Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Bill. There are currently 189 C-17s in service worldwide. The U.S. Air Force, including active Guard and Reserve units, has 175. The Royal Air Force has six, the Canadian Forces has four and the Royal Australian Air Force has four.

"The QAF closely evaluated the available options for airborne strategic lift and determined the C-17 best fit the requirements for the State of Qatar," said Staff Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Malki, head of Qatar's airlift selection committee. "The aircraft forms the core of the nation's strategic airborne



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