Kuwait's Jazeera Considering Airbus' A320neo and A220, Boeing's 737MAX, and Embraer's E2 - Airline to decide "very quickly" on order
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December 5, 2018 - by Alexander Cornwell for Reuters
- Aircraft order request for proposal to be issued by end Feb
- Airline to decide "very quickly" on order
- Over 2 mln passengers expected to fly on Jazeera in 2018
Kuwait's Jazeera Airways will by the end of February ask Airbus and Boeing to pitch to supply up to 25 narrow-body jets, its chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.
The discount airline previously said it was likely to place an order by the end of 2018 but had not said how many aircraft it would take.
Jazeera is likely to decide on the order "very quickly" after it issues a request for proposal (RFP) for between 20 and 25 aircraft, CEO Rohit Ramachandran said in a phone interview.
An order could be worth around $3 billion at list prices, depending on which aircraft are ordered, but it is common for airlines to receive discounts.
The airline is considering Airbus' A320neo and A220, Boeing's 737MAX, and Embra er's E2, Ramachandran said.
Airbus earlier this year completed the acquisition of Bombardier's CSeries jetliner and renamed it the A220. Boeing is in the midst of acquiring the commercial aircraft activities of Brazil's Embraer, which builds the E2.
"The manufacturer that is able to demonstrate the best value to Jazeera will get the order," Ramachandran said