SINGAPORE -- Boeing Co. (BA) looks set to beat arch-rival Airbus (ABI.YY) in a contest valued at upwards of US$10 billionto supply Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG) with new long-range passenger planes, according to people familiar with the airline's plans.
SIA, the world's second-biggest airline by market capitalization, is mulling a firm order for 66 to 80 Boeing aircraft, with an option for up to another 30, these people said.
"The indication is an order made up mostly of the 777-200LRs and a significant number of the 787 Dreamliners. A few, 5 or 6, of the 747-Advance freighters may also be part of the order," one of the sources said.
At this point, SIA isn't considering including any Airbus planes in the order, he and two other people said.
"The announcement (from SIA) could be made anytime between now and the lunar new year (on Jan. 29) and then formalized during the (Asian Aerospace) air show in February," another source said.
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[Edited 2005-12-23 05:23:18]