Air France splits order between Airbus, Boeing: report
Air France-KLM has decided to split a landmark order for 100 long-haul carriers between Europe's Airbus and US rival Boeing, a press report said.
The giant Franco-Dutch airline will order 25 Airbus A350s and 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and take out similar options on each, La Tribune daily said in its edition due to appear on Friday.
The order has attracted huge attention in France where officials and politicians have favoured Airbus -- whose major plant lies in Toulouse, in the south of the country -- over Boeing, touching on sensitive ground as the two companies fight it out.
La Tribune said Air France-KLM management will meet on Wednesday to make the decision which will then be announced in September.
The airline declined to comment when contacted by AFP about a high-profile order worth billions of dollars.
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