By Joanne Bladd
The Royal Saudi Air Force has ordered three additional A330 tanker aircraft, EADS has revealed.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defence and Aviation has ordered three additional A330 tanker aircraft for use in air-to-air refuelling missions, Airbus’ parent company European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) has revealed.
The Royal Saudi Air Force inked a deal for three aircraft in 2008, so the new order brings the total to six. Delivery of the first A330 aircraft is scheduled for 2011, EADS said in a statement.
Financial terms of the contract, which also includes an in-service support package, were not disclosed.
The A330 tanker, which is used in air-to-air refuelling missions, competes directly with a Boeing aerial tanker based on its 767 aircraft.