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28 March 2012

Boeing at FIDAE

Boeing delivered in March the third and last KC-135E STRATOTANKER to Chile. Before that all aircraft completed Programmed Depot Maintenance and they are rented out by the USAF. The KC-135E should provide an affordable interim or long term solution for countries with tanker requirements.  Boeing is expecting the second hand market for such airplanes as huge.
The KC-135 will be operated by the USAF until 2040+. And this week, Boeing is expecting talks with Chile about expanding the fleet. 
The follow up of the KC-135 will be the KC-46, but this “second hand” solution is an opportunity for countries with tight budgets. 

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