Bombardier gets second customer for its C series jet in a month

Airbus is taking a majority stake in the C Series passenger plane

Airbus is taking a majority stake in the C Series passenger plane

Cromer said both sales had already being under negotiation and were not the result of the Airbus venture.

State-owned EgyptAir signed a letter (LOI) of intent on Tuesday to order 12 Bombardier CSeries jets valued at $1.1 billion at list prices.

After the decision, Bombardier sold a majority stake in its C Series jet business to European aerospace giant Airbus for no cost.

That same day, Montreal-based Bombardier said an unidentified European customer was planning to buy 31 C Series aircraft with options for 30 more.

"It would be hard to wish for a better carrier to establish our presence in the region", Bole said in a conference call with reporters from Dubai.

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Airbus has vowed to cut the aircraft's production costs and secure thousands of new orders for the C Series, which Bombardier spent more than $6bn to develop.

Sherif Fathi, Minister of Civil Aviation of Egypt, Safwat Musallam, chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company, and Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, announced the deal at the Dubai Airshow.

The new aircraft will be used by EgyptAir Express and the carrier expects to be the regional launch customer for the jets in the region. "That will take our firm order book to over 400 airplanes".

"We have opportunities to place some of those early Delta positions with other airlines", he said.

Cromer declined to say if the second assembly line in Alabama estimated by the company to be built at a cost of more than $300 million would be affected by the maintenance of high US duties.

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