WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is set to announce on Thursday that it will accept delivery of the long-delayed KC-46 air tanker, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Delivery means Boeing could now begin to reverse what has been a steady stream of financial losses related to the KC-46 program, and a major public relations headache for the world's largest aircraft maker.
The Air Force currently plans to buy a total of 179 of the tankers, and could receive them at a pace of about three jets per month to McConnell Air Force base in Kansas.
The delays and fixes for the program has been costly for Boeing, which recorded $176 million in additional charges on the KC-46 tanker in the third quarter. This brought the total pre-tax cost of the program to more than $3 billion.
Boeing shares were up 0.9 percent premarket at $347.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; additional reporting by Mike Stone; Writing by Nick Zieminski; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Chizu Nomiyama)