US Military Issues $2.32B in International Airlift Contracts
Sometimes, a specific area just seems to flood the zone. With C-17 buys and controversies all aswirl, US Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, IL has just issued a slew of indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contracts for “International Airlift Services” to various commercial carriers. The total value of these contracts has a modestly increased ceiling of $2.32 billion, compared to DID’s September 2005 coverage of $2.29 billion in similar awards.
Figures given are maximums, and Air Mobility Command’s purchases over the coming year may not necessarily reach the maximum totals. Negotiations began in March 2006 and were completed in September 2006. The contracts will run until September 2007, and this year’s winners include:
- Alliance Contractor Team (ACT), Sterling, Va., is being awarded a $1.08 billion contract. At this time, $142.9 million has been obligated. (FA4428-06-D-0005). The team includes World Airways in Peachtree City, GA and at Evergreen International Airlines Inc. in McMinnville, OR. As of September 2005, Evergreen International Airlines has earned approximately 200 awards from Air Mobility Command for its support of international airlift services during the Iraq war. Last year’s award was for $1.22 billion.
- Federal Express Charter Programs Teaming Arrangement in Memphis, TN received a $1.02 billion contract. At this time, $185.9 million have been obligated (FA4428-06-D-0006). FedEx’s team includes Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (parent of Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo) in Purchase, NJ. Last year’s award was for $864.5 million.
- United Parcel Service Contractor Team in Louisville, KY received a $119 million contract. At this time, $13 million have been obligated (FA4428-06-D-0007). Last year’s award was for $120.7 million.
- Lynden Air Cargo LLC in Anchorage, AK received a $45.8 million contract. At this time, $42.8 million have been obligated (FA4428-06-D-0013). Lynden was not a winner in September 2005.
- Miami Air Team in Miami, FL received a $43.2 million contract (FA4428-06-D-0008), but the DefenseLINK release says that at this time “$142,912,451 have been obligated.” Perhaps they mean $42.9 million? The team is a partnership of Alaska Air and Miami Air, and last year’s award was $42 million.
- Continental Airlines in Houston, TX received a $10.1 million contract (FA4428-06-D-0009). Last year’s award was for $11.7 million.