Business expansion
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.2 - Support activities for transportation

600 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
1 March 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The AirTanker consortium, has clinched a £13 billion contract to provide air-to-air refuelling services for the RAF yesterday. This deal will secure at least 7,500 jobs in the British aerospace industry. The private sector consortium said that the 27-year contract would “sustain” 3,000 jobs at the five companies that make up the AirTanker group, secure a further 4,000 jobs at suppliers and create 600 jobs.

The consortium, which is led by the European defence giant EADS and includes the British firms Rolls-Royce and Cobham, was finally named preferred bidder for the £13 billion contract by Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, after a year of negotiations.


  • 1 March 2005: The Times


Eurofound (2005), AirTanker Consortium, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 61201, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61201.