PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) - Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing's military aircraft division, said the company could sell 100 to 200 of its KC-46 refueling tankers to international customers in coming years.
"We had phone calls within the first hour after we were awarded the KC-46 from international customers. There's a pent-up demand for this kind of capability," Chadwick told Reuters in an interview at the Paris air show.
Boeing is preparing for the start of a critical design review of the new KC-46 refueling plane, based on its 767 airliner, that it is building for the U.S. Air Force.
Chadwick said the company's primary focus now was completing development of the new military aircraft, which will be used to refuel warplanes in mid-flight, as well as driving down the cost. But he said Boeing was working closely with the U.S. Air Force to respond to strong international demand for the planes.