American Airlines in talks for 100 Airbus planes-report

June 22 Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:37pm EDT

June 22 (Reuters) - AMR Corp's AMR.N American Airlines, the operator of an all-Boeing (BA.N) jet fleet, is in talks with Airbus EAD.PA about buying at least 100 narrow-body planes, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

A decision by the board of AMR, the third-largest U.S. carrier, may come as soon as July, the report said, adding that the jets from Airbus's A320 series would replace less-efficient aircraft such as Boeing 757s and MD-80s.

An A320 has a list price of $85 million, giving a potential American order a value of about $8.5 billion, according to the report.

Representatives of American Airlines and Airbus were not available for comment outside of U.S. business hours. (Reporting by Tenzin Dekeva in Bangalore; Editing by Steve Orlofsky) ((tenzin.dekeva@thomsonreuters.com)(within U.S. +1 646 223 8780)(outside U.S. +91 80 4135 5800)(Reuters Messaging: tenzin.dekeva.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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