UPDATE 3-Delta has not decided on single-aisle jet deal -CFO

Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:51pm EDT
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(Add details on status of talks with Bombardier )

April 14 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc has not decided which planes to acquire to renew its fleet of single-aisle jets, Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson said on Thursday, as various manufacturers appeared to be vying for a deal.

Delta spokesman Michael Thomas reiterated in a phone interview that no decision had been made, after The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday afternoon that the airline was in the final stages of a deal to acquire up to 125 Bombardier Inc CSeries jetliners.

A final agreement between Atlanta-based Delta and Bombardier for 75 firm orders and options for 50 more of its 110-130 seat CSeries planes is expected at the end of April when the carrier's board meets to review the proposed deal, the Journal said, citing three sources familiar with the matter.

Bombardier is close to a deal with Delta, but a final agreement hasn't been reached, a separate source familiar with the talks told Reuters.

A Bombardier spokeswoman declined to comment.

Bombardier shares closed 7 percent higher on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Reuters reported last week that Delta was in talks with planemakers to buy dozens of narrow-body jets, with Bombardier pushing hard to sell its CSeries aircraft.

Bombardier earlier this year lost out to Boeing Co for orders by United Continental Holdings Inc.   Continued...