Bombardier clinches $1bn order from EgyptAir

The Bombardier logo is seen at the Bombardier factory in Belfast Northern Ireland

The Bombardier logo is seen at the Bombardier factory in Belfast Northern Ireland

He added that the new partnership with Bombardier emphasized the future vision for the Middle East and Africa, and will fulfill the market demands.

The aircraft fits into EgyptAir's long-term growth strategy, providing a new larger aircraft type for regional subsidiary EgyptAir Express, which operates a fleet of 12 Embraer 170s.

Bombardier sealed the second deal for its C series jet since reaching a landmark agreement with Airbus a few weeks ago that will result in the European aircraft maker taking control of the programme and helping revive the fortunes of the narrow-body aircraft. Cromer said both sales had already being under negotiation and were not the result of the Airbus venture.

Bombardier has won a major order for its C Series aircraft from EgyptAir, worth at least $1bn.

Earlier this month an unnamed European airline said it meant to buy at least 31 of the C-Series planes.

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"But there are 3,000 other people employed in Bombardier that do not work on the CSeries - we need to see orders coming through for the other aircraft that keep these jobs in Northern Ireland", he said.

"We are respecting the customer's wishes to not disclose the identity", Cromer said from Dubai, referring to the European buyer.

Colin Bole, Bombardier's senior vice president of commercial aircraft, said there were no particular conditions or terms that needed to be met to finalize the deals.

Bombardier is engaged in a trade dispute with Boeing, which complained that the CSeries had been subsidized and sold below cost in the United States.

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