FedEx is expected to finalise an order for up to 10 Airbus A380 freighters later this month. According to US media reports, the express package operator is discussing a deal for five orders and five options. The order, if confirmed, would give Airbus a second customer for the A380 freighter, which is yet to be formally launched. The deal would be a blow to Boeing which is attempting to launch the 747X, possibly on the back of a cargo airline order. Airbus also appears to have beaten Boeing to a deal with Taiwan's China Airlines for twinjets. Flight International's sister on-line service, Air Transport Intelligence, says the carrier is in talks for at least seven A330-300s to add to the A340s it acquired last year. Boeing is offering the 777.

Source: Flight International