Dubai - Air Arabia is planning to make an order for up to 100 single-aisle aircraft. Based at the Sharjah International Airport, United Arab Emirates, the Gulf carrier has contacted Airbus and Boeing, according to Group CEO Adel Abdullah Ali.

Once again A320neo and 737 MAX are competing against each other.

There is still no decision, but 100 aircraft are probably the right size,
said CEO Adel Abdullah Ali.

Air Arabia increased its profits to $171 million in 2017 and recovered from a period of overcapacity that put pressure on ticket prices. Last year, Air Arabia carried 8.5 million passengers, which stands for an increase of 7% compared to previous year.

Air Arabia has an "All Airbus" fleet, which seems to be a disadvantage for Boeing. The low-cost airline currently operates 36 Airbus A320ceo and expects 6 A321LR from 2019 that are leased from the American lessor Air Lease Corporation. The airline opted for the long-haul version of the model to include new routes to its international network.