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Boeing chairman: Tanker win for Kansas 'would be huge'

Boeing hasn’t said how many jobs winning an aerial refueling tanker would mean for Wichita. But Boeing chairman Jim McNerney said this morning that a “tanker win for Kansas would be huge.”

McNerney made the statement during a conference call with analysts and reporters regarding the company’s first quarter results.

“We will depend on that work force to do a lot of the modification and final integration of the airplane,” McNerney said.

Airbus’ parent, EADS, said Tuesday that it plans to bid against Boeing for a contract to supply aerial refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force.