(Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> is the front-runner for a Singapore Airlines Ltd <SIAL.SI> order of at least 35 wide-body aircraft that could be valued at around $13.8 billion at list prices, Bloomberg reported.
A decision to go with Boeing would be a setback for Airbus Group <AIR.PA>, which plans to build a bigger version of its A350 although these plans have already been placed on hold amid uncertainty over demand for wide-body jets.
Singapore Airlines is looking at choosing 20 of the latest model of Boeing's 777, the 406-seat 777-9 over a stretched version of the Airbus A350, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the matter.
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It is also poised to take at least 19 of the longest Dreamliner model, the Boeing 787-10, it reported, adding that the order could be unveiled this week.(http://bloom.bg/2lscCA1)
Singapore Airlines said in a statement that it has discussions with aircraft manufacturers on a regular basis about its fleet requirements.
"Such discussions are confidential until we have a firm deal to announce", it said.
Boeing declined to comment.
Singapore Airlines has also reviewed a proposed version of the twin-engine 777 that would carry about 450 passengers, a load previously handled by four-engine jumbo jets only, Bloomberg said.
(Reporting by Shalini Nagarajan in Bengaluru and Tim Hepher in Paris; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)