Monday, August 14, 2023

Boeing front-runner in wide-body jet talks with IndiGo -sources

New Delhi: Boeing has emerged as the front-runner to secure an order for around 25 wide-body planes from IndiGo, industry sources told Reuters on Monday, as India's biggest airline deepens its international expansion with new destinations.

IndiGo is in talks to buy Boeing's 787 family of twin-aisle aircraft, which has been pitted against Airbus A330neo jets, said the sources who are familiar with the matter.

No decision has been finalised, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the negotiations are confidential.

IndiGo said it does not comment on speculation. Boeing declined to comment. Airbus said it never comments on discussions it may or may not be having with existing and prospective customers.

Reuters first reported in March that IndiGo was in talks with Airbus and Boeing for the wide-body jets.

The recent talks come weeks after IndiGo placed a record order for 500 Airbus narrow-body jets, shadowing an earlier record deal by rival Air India for 470 Airbus and Boeing planes.

14/08/2023 Aditi Shah/Reuters

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