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Planemakers vie as Delta nears decision on jets

Carrier seeks to replace its single-aisle MD-88 planes for shorter domestic flights

Toulouse, France

DELTA Air Lines Inc is nearing a decision on upgrading its single-aisle fleet as three planemakers bid furiously to win the order, people familiar with the matter said.

Airbus Group SE, Boeing Co and Bombardier Inc are competing for the sale as the second-largest US carrier seeks to replace its McDonnell Douglas MD-88 workhorse jets for shorter domestic flights, three people said. Delta could make a decision as early as this month, two people said.

The stakes are highest for Bombardier,...

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