June 2, 2019 / 7:43 AM / a year ago

Airbus close to deal to sell A330neo to Virgin Atlantic: sources

FILE PHOTO: The Airbus logo is pictured at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - Europe’s Airbus is close to a deal to sell A330neo wide-body passenger jets to Virgin Atlantic, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

The Britain-based airline has been evaluating the upgraded A330 model against the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Industry sources have said the airline was looking for about 6 to 10 aircraft. The A330neo sells for $296 million at list prices, but airlines typically win significant discounts.

Airbus declined to comment. Virgin Atlantic was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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