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Saudia chooses Airbus A350 for its wide-body fleet expansion

Paris, France - Saudi Arabian Airlines is near to place a multi-billion-dollar wide-body jet order with the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

The airline has been in touch with both Airbus and Boeing to add new wide-body jets to its fleet. Last March, Jaan Albrecht, chief executive officer of the Saudi Airline, said that his company to decide for the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 for its wide-body fleet expansion.

According to the sources who spoke to the Reuters agency, the airline made its decision in favor of the Airbus A350 and it will be announced at the Paris Air Show this month.

The deal between the two companies may also include an order for Airbus's A320neo family jets, according to the same sources.

Airbus and Saudi Arabian Airlines declined to comment on the subject when asked.

The Saudi carrier has currently 38 wide-body aircraft from Airbus (32 A330-300, six A330-200) and 63 from Boeing (seven 747-400, eight 777-200ER, 35 777-300ER, 13 787-9).

Airbus and Boeing are competing for potential wide-body jet orders of around $10 billion from the airlines, which are likely to be announced at the Paris Air Show.



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