The Boeing Co. already is seeking employees to work on the tanker contract it received from the Air Force last week.
So far, the company is looking for engineers and planners. The Air Force expects Boeing to deliver the first tanker in 2015.
On Friday, Boeing’s Jim Albaugh said Boeing will hire thousands this year as it ramps up airplane production across its product lines. Boeing offered the Air Force a tanker based on its Everett-built 767 and will install military applications on those jets in Wichita, Kan.
The Air Force has dubbed its new tanker the KC-46A.
Boeing’s competitor for the contract, EADS, hasn’t decided whether it will protest the Air Force’s pick of Boeing for the contract estimated to be worth at least $30 billion.
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