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 Bombardier logo is seen at the Bombardier factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland September 26, 2017.
Airbus has vowed to cut the aircraft's production costs and secure thousands of new orders for the plane, which Bombardier spent more than $6 billion to develop.
Mr Thompson said Bombardier's CSeries aircraft programme now accounts for 1,000 jobs in the North and every order is welcome. "That will take our firm order book to over 400 airplanes".
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Earlier this month, Montreal-based Bombardier said an unidentified European customer was planning to buy 31 CSeries aircraft with options for 30 more.
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.
EgyptAir chief executive Safwat Musallam declined to provide a timeline for the CS300 deliveries once the order is finalised, but expects them to start before those of other Middle Eastern CSeries customers, which include Al-Qahtani Aviation and Gulf Air.
A firm-order contract would be valued at around $1.1 billion and is EgyptAir buys all 24 planes the contract value would increase to almost $2.2 billion.