In October, Airbus agreed to buy a majority stake in the Canadian plane-maker C-Series programme.
EgyptAir, the flag carrier airline of Egypt, has signed a letter of intent for buying 24 CSeries aircraft from the Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier for a total price of almost 2.2 US billion dollars, EgyptAir said in a statement on Tuesday.
EgyptAir Airlines plans to buy 12 of Bombardier's CS300, the biggest variant of the narrow-body jet, and has options for a further 12, the carrier said Tuesday at the Dubai Air Show. The deal is valued at $1.1 billion based on list prices.
Bombardier recently released its 20-year forecast for the African market, showing intra-regional traffic growing at 4.6% per year and the 60/150-seat fleet more than doubling over the period with the delivery of 550 aircraft.
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.
A US trade commission will decide in early 2018 on whether to impose duties of almost 300 percent on the CSeries, after Boeing complained the planes had been subsidised and sold below cost in the United States.
Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare told analysts two weeks ago that he expected sales of the C Series would accelerate following the deal with Airbus.
The shopping spree, following months of negotiations, marks an expansion push for Egypt's flag carrier after it weathered slumping tourist visits and a fatal crash a year ago.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Fred Cromer could not say whether EgyptAir would be the first Middle East airline to operate the CSeries.