* Order could involve up to 60 planes - sources
* Deal would be worth $6 bln at list prices
PARIS/FRANKFURT Jan 16 Britain's TUI Travel
is in talks with Airbus and Boeing about
a potential plane order worth $6 billion at list prices to renew
its fleet over the next decade, sources familiar with the matter
The order is expected to involve up to 60 narrowbody
airliners, amid brisk demand for the planemakers' latest
revamped models offering airlines 15 percent fuel savings.
Talks are at a preliminary stage but Boeing, which already
has two TUI-affiliated companies as airline customers, may have
an edge over its rival in the race to win the deal, the sources
Both plane manufacturers declined to comment.
"We are constantly in product-related discussions with both
Airbus and Boeing as a major operator of aircraft across
Europe," a TUI Travel spokesman said, declining further comment.
TUI Travel, 56-percent owned by Germany's TUI AG,
operates a fleet of 144 aircraft under various brands. It is
expected to consolidate aircraft for eight brands in a single
It already has an order for 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
After a spate of bankruptcies and consolidation during the
region's debt crisis, Europe is once again emerging as a
battleground for orders as airlines seek more efficient jets.
Analysts say bargains are available as Airbus and Boeing
compete aggressively on prices for the landmark orders.
European low-cost leaders easyJet and Ryanair
, respectively among the biggest operators of Airbus and
Boeing aircraft, could place orders this year.
The French government said this week that Turkish Airlines
was negotiating to buy up to 150 planes.
Airbus operator Vueling said in late December it
was close to placing an order for 10 aircraft.