Airbus close to landmark jet order with Japan Airlines: Sources
BARCELONA, Spain (REUTERS) - Airbus appeared close on Monday to breaking into one of rival Boeing's strategic markets with a multi-billion-dollar deal to sell jets to Japan, two sources familiar with the matter said.
The deal is expected to involve the sale of A350 aircraft to Japan Airlines Co Ltd and follows an intense battle between the planemakers as Japan's two top carriers seek dozens of new long-haul jets over the next decade, the sources said.
They gave no details on the number of planes expected to be sold.
In France, Airbus said it would hold a telephone briefing at 0430 GMT (12.30pm Singapore time) on Monday, but declined to give further details. There was no immediate indication whether the briefing concerned an aircraft order. A spokesman for EADS subsidiary Airbus declined further comment.