Kuwait Airways is said to be preparing to sign a fleet-replacement agreement comprising 10 Airbus A350-900s and 15 A320neo jets.
If confirmed the agreement would appear to mark an upset for Boeing which had originally been in line to renew Kuwait Airways' widebody fleet with the 787.
That agreement - for 12 787s and seven A320s from Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO - was scuppered in 2007 prior to the government's drawn-out efforts to privatise the airline.
The Kuwaiti publication Al-Watan, citing sources familiar with the process, said the Airbus agreement focused on a fleet renewal to 2019 and beyond.
It gave the cost of the A350s as KD60 million ($210 million) each and that for the A320neos as KD16.5 million.
There would also be a bridge arrangement to provide new A330 and A320 aircraft under an interim six-year lease, Al-Watan reported, which would replace Kuwait Airways' A300s and A310s, as well as some older A320s.
It also stated that a Boeing 747-400 from the Kuwaiti state's VIP fleet would be converted to a commercial layout with 286 seats for summer services.