February 8, 2018 / 7:25 AM / 4 months ago

AirAsia likely to reconfirm order for Airbus A330neo jets - source

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - AirAsia is expected to reconfirm an order for Airbus A330neo passenger jets, a person familiar with the discussions said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: AirAsia planes sit on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

AirAsia co-founder Tony Fernandes announced last week he was looking at buying Boeing 787s to expand the fleet of its long-haul arm AirAsiaX, as well as Airbus wide-body models.

The decision of Asia’s largest budget carrier - currently exclusively an Airbus customer - is seen as crucial as Airbus tries to shore up its slow-selling A330neo and Boeing looks to cement an advantage in wide-body sales, industry sources say.

Airbus and AirAsia declined comment.

Reporting by Tim Hepher and Liz Lee in Kuala Lumpur; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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