Here's hoping that Boeing executives are wrong in their belief that the Air Force is likely to award its long-delayed tanker contract to Airbus. The executives are worried because an Air Force analysis reportedly scored the Airbus A330 tanker higher than the Boeing 767 tanker in a mission-effectiveness rating. Boeing should have scored much higher than Airbus on military infrastructure construction costs and fuel burn, as the 767 is significantly more fuel-efficient than the A330 and requires less room to take off, turn around and "bed down" at airfields. But the Boeing executives are concerned that the Air Force won't properly calculate these cost savings, thus minimizing Boeing's advantage. That had better not be the case.