PARIS/FRANKFURT, Sept 13 Germany's Lufthansa
is close to placing an order shared between Airbus
and Boeing for dozens of long-haul jets, two
people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
The keenly awaited order, due to be announced next week,
follows a contest between the planemakers for some 50 aircraft
to renew the German flag carrier's long-distance fleet.
It is expected to include the first public commitment to buy
a revamped 400-seat version of Boeing's 777 mini-jumbo,
code-named 777-9X, which the planemaker aims to launch this
year. Lufthansa is also expected to order some 20 to 25 of the
smaller Airbus A350.
A Lufthansa spokesman confirmed the airline was in
"intensive negotiations" but that no decision had been taken.
Airbus and Boeing declined comment.
Reuters reported last month that Lufthansa's supervisory
board would meet on Sept. 18 to review a potential plane order
worth more than $10 billion.