July 18, 2018 / 3:22 AM / 5 months ago

AirAsia chairman, asked about possible Airbus order, says nothing cemented

FILE PHOTO: AirAsia planes sit on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Nothing is certain about a reported AirAsia (AIRA.KL) order for Airbus (AIR.PA) A321neo jets until it is announced, and everything is still possible, AirAsia’s chairman said when asked about the possible deal.

Industry sources have said AirAsia is discussing the possible purchase of another 100 Airbus A321neo jets as the airline and Airbus go down to the wire in parallel negotiations for an expanded order for larger A330neo jets.

Asked about the deal, AirAsia Chairman Kamarudin Meranun told Reuters at the Skytrax World Airline awards in London: “Everything is a potential. Nothing is cemented as yet.”

“Everything is a possibility until the day we announce it,” he said, declining further comment as he said it was a commercially sensitive issue for the listed company.

(This story corrects spelling of chairman’s name in paragraph 3)

Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Mark Potter

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