American In Talks For 100 Airbus Planes - Report

June 23, 2011

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American Airlines, the operator of an all-Boeing fleet, is in talks with Airbus about buying at least 100 narrow-body planes, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

A decision by the board of AMR, the third-largest US carrier, may come as soon as July, the report said, adding that the jets from Airbus's A320 series would replace less-efficient aircraft such as Boeing 757s and MD-80s.

An A320 has a list price of USD$85 million, giving a potential American order a value of about USD$8.5 billion, according to the report.

Representatives of American Airlines and Airbus were not available for comment.