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It may sound like Bombardier is moving into an established market where a rival, in the form of the P-99, has the jump on Global Express. And that is partly true. But Global Express is rather larger than Embraer’s ERJ 145 series,  providing Bombardier with a potential competitive edge when trying to fit mission systems into the comparatively small fuselages.
February 7, 2008: Britain is borrowing two U.S. Air Force electronic monitoring aircraft (C-135 Rivet Joint) to fill in because of shortages. The aircraft will have joint British and American crews, but will be painted in Royal Air Force colors.
Originally posted by stumason
[EDIT: Fred, I doubt they will kill off the Nimrod, as there is a new version due out soon, called the MRA4, due in 2011.
[edit on 10/2/08 by stumason]
Restrictions on the use of hot-air pipes following the inquiry into their deaths has sent temperatures inside the already cramped Nimrod R1s soaring above 50 degrees Celsius
A318 is out as well since that's a bit smaller and smaller payload and I think BA is flying it light (32 passengers) to do the trans-atlantic run and a fuel-stop westbound. So I reckon your not going to get the needed loiter time
So A330 does sound like a reasonably option