SAUDI ARABIAN Airlines is in negotiations with Boeing and Airbus to buy aeroplanes worth up to $12bn (£6.1bn, E9.1bn) in one of the largest deals of its kind.
The purchase of around 60 planes will bolster the current Saudi fleet of 139, helping it to take on rival Dubai-based carrier Emirates. Local sources say Saudi Airlines, which is government owned, is rapidly expanding and needs a variety of new planes.
A western source confirmed negotiations were ongoing and that the Saudis would probably split the order between the two Western plane makers, in a similar fashion to recent defence orders.
Guys and gals, those will only be widebodies according to this article. Let the guessing begin:
1. either B787 or A350
2. either B777-300ER or A340-600
3. either B747-800 or A380
Cat 1: no prediction, open IMO - may come down to availabiliy (30+)
Cat 2: B777-300ER (15)
Cat 3: some B747-800 (6), A380 taking the majority (10-12)