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Airbus Leads KLM Narrow-Body Race in Bid to Oust Boeing

  • U.S. firm battles for Transavia’s part of Air France-KLM order
  • Decision could come this week on up to 160-jet requisition
Assembly Of The Airbus SE Family Of Passenger Jets
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Airbus SE is closing in on a deal to supply Dutch airline KLM with single-aisle jets, unseating incumbent Boeing Co., according to people familiar with the matter. 

The planemakers are competing on an order for as many as 160 aircraft for KLM and low-cost carrier Transavia, as parent Air France-KLM refreshes the brands’ medium-haul fleets.