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EgyptAir's Bombardier CSeries outline deal valued at $1.1 billion

14 November 2017, 04:04 | Hattie Nash

EgyptAir's Bombardier CSeries outline deal valued at $1.1 billion

Chet Fuller Bombardier Aerospace's chief of sales and marketing exits a mock-up of a CSeries aircraft cabin at Bombardier Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Saint Laurent Que. on Feb. 24 2011. Montreal-based Bombardier has signed a letter of

Bombardier said on Tuesday that EgyptAir had signed a letter of intent to purchase 24 CS300 jets from the Canadian company.

"Bombardier's 20-year market outlook foresees demand for 450 airplanes in the 60- to 150-seat category for the region and this letter of intent confirms the need for right-sized aircraft in the Middle East", said Cromer.

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If EgyptAir also exercises the 12 purchase rights, the contract value would double to roughly $2.8 billion.

C-Series wings are made at Bombardier's Belfast operation, providing employment for about 1,000 people.

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The CS300 is the larger version of Bombardier's C Series aircraft.

It represents another shot in the arm for Bombardier, which last month signed an agreement with Airbus to take a majority stake in its aircraft programme as it faced the prospect of punishing USA tariffs. The aircraft had been plagued by delays and cost overruns, and recently was hit with potentially crushing tariffs in the USA after a trade complaint by Boeing.

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The US trade department imposed tariffs of 300% on the C Series as it upheld a complaint from Boeing over subsidies the aircraft received from the Canadian and United Kingdom governments.

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