July 19, 2018 / 8:47 AM / a year ago

AirAsia set to confirm and expand A330neo order - sources

An Airbus A330 passenger plane is seen during a flying display at Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - Malaysia’s AirAsia (AIRA.KL) is set to confirm and expand an order for A330neo long-haul passenger jets, according to sources, handing European planemaker Airbus (AIR.PA) a last-minute boost at the Farnborough Airshow on Thursday.

The confirmation of an order for 66 planes, plus an additional order for around 30 A330neo jets is expected to be announced by AirAsia co-founder Tony Fernandes later on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said.

Other sources identified SaudiGulf as the airline behind an order for 10 A320neo reported by Airbus as an undisclosed customer earlier on Thursday.

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Victoria Bryan

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