O'Keefe Out, McArtor In With Airbus Shuffle In U.S.

By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com
Source: AWIN First

Despite the grim immediate outlook for defense work, O’Keefe remains optimistic about long-term opportunities for the Airbus defense sector stateside. Among them is a potential sale of the A400M tactical airlifter to the Pentagon. “We are beginning to deliver actual operational aircraft. I firmly believe that within a year or two years of watching that aircraft perform ... that is going to change the interest level and that is going to change the dynamic and debate” in the U.S., O’Keefe says. “We are going to find ourselves in demand.”

[Editor’s Note: This story was updated to correct the death toll from the Alaska DeHavilland DHC-3T crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).]

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