As Malaysia Airlines, a Southeast Asian airline, looks for more fuel-efficient aircraft amid a travel resurgence and focuses on cost, Airbus SE is leading a competition against Boeing Co. over the potential sale of roughly 30 wide-body aircraft to Malaysia Airlines.
According to persons familiar with the situation who requested to remain anonymous because the negotiations are confidential, Airbus is pitching its A330neo line of planes while Boeing is pushing its 787 Dreamliners. The sources claimed that a choice might be revealed as soon as later this month at the next Farnborough International Airshow.
At list costs, a deal for 30 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners would cost more than $10 billion, though discounts are typical for such huge orders. The A330neo, which is based on the same platform as an older aircraft, is often much less expensive, however Airbus no longer discloses prices in the public domain.
The people stated that discussions are still underway and that no decision has been taken in full.
The nature of such negotiations, whether they are ongoing or not, remain confidential in any case, according to a statement from Airbus, which stated that it is “always in communication with present and new customers.” Boeing stated that it “does not comment on talks with customers” generally.
Requests for comment from Malaysia Airlines representatives were not immediately fulfilled.
According to a statement made public in April, Malaysia Aviation Group, the parent company of Malaysia Airlines, anticipates local and international flight operations to reach 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year. Stronger-than-anticipated growth in travel demand has also benefited aircraft manufacturers, who are once again selling lots of jets after a more than two-year pause.
Khazanah Nasional Bhd, a sovereign wealth fund, owns Malaysia Aviation.
Prior to a restructuring, the low-cost long-haul carrier AirAsiaX, owned by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, reduced its number of A330neos to 15 from 78. One of the people said that Malaysia Airlines might be offered some of those aircraft that are currently listed on the books of leasing companies.
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