Aerolineas Argentinas is in preliminary talks with Airbus and Boeing regarding an order for the A350-900 or 787-9 that could be placed in 2013, say executives in ALTA- Airline Leaders Forum in Panama City.
The Buenos Aires-based flag carrier is looking for a replacement of its A340 and planned A330 fleet by "the end of the decade", says Guillermo Rudaeff, vice-president of business development and alliances at Aerolineas.
Aerolineas Argentinas operates a widebody fleet of seven A340-300s and four A340-200s. Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolineas, said in August that the airline is looking for up to #4 used A330s to add to its fleet, to operate on north-south routes between Argentina and northern Latin America as well as North America.
Discussions with Airbus and Boeing began following a request for proposals (RFP) during the past month for new aircraft, including both widebody and narrowbody variants.
Rudaeff says that Aerolineas Argentinas -SkyTeam alliance member- received "many responses" to the RFP but is focused on its future widebody fleet at the moment.
Based on the article “Aerolineas considering A350 or 787 order” published in FlightGlobal