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29 March 2016
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus highlights its market leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean

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16 December 2015

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TAM Airlines – which took delivery of its no. 1 A350 XWB in December 2015 – is the first operator from the Americas to receive this new-generation Airbus jetliner

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30 March 2016

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31.03.2016 AIRBUS / FIDAE CLAUDIO SANTANA, Airbus brought its in-house developmental A350 XWB aircraft – which features a distinctive carbon fibre-themed livery – to the FIDAE 2016 air show in Chile

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01 April 2016

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Welcome on-board: A visitor to FIDAE 2016 shows off a boarding pass for the A350 XWB’s world tour, which includes a stop at this Latin American aviation industry event

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30 March 2016

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The A350 XWB is having a key presence at Latin America’s largest air show, FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio), with participation in this 2016 event’s flight presentations

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30 March 2016

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Airbus’ widebody A350 XWB took to the skies above the FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) air show during a flying display performed at this high-profile industry event in Santiago, Chile

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31 March 2016

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30.03.2016 AIRBUS / CLAUDIO SANTANA, Airbus’ A350 XWB – which was the centre of attention during its FIDAE flying display on 31 March 2016 – is shaping the future of medium- to long-haul airline operations

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31 March 2016

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30.03.2016 AIRBUS / CLAUDIO SANTANA, All eyes were on the A350 XWB during a flight presentation performed on the second day of Latin America’s largest air show, FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio)

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01 April 2016

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A Chilean flag is flown from the cockpit of Airbus’ A350 XWB during this new-generation widebody aircraft’s visit to the FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) air show

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01 April 2016

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Airbus’ new-generation A350 XWB was the centre of attention during a high-profile visit to the FIDAE 2016 industry event in Santiago, Chile

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01 April 2016

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Airbus showcased its highly-efficient A350 XWB aircraft during a stopover at FIDAE 2016, where the aircraft was on static display and performed high-profile flying presentations during the week

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Airbus’ presence at this week’s FIDAE 2016 air show in Chile underscores the company’s leading presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 600 jetliners in operation and market share of 65 per cent based on the to-be-delivered aircraft backlog.
Rafael Alonso, the Airbus head in Latin American and the Caribbean, said the region’s carriers are setting global standards by flying some of the world’s youngest fleets, driven by a highly competitive market. The in-service fleet average age is just over nine years old, as illustrated by the service entry last January of Airbus’ new A350 XWB with TAM Airlines of the LATAM Airlines Group, and the upcoming introduction of A320neo (new engine option) Family aircraft in Brazil and Mexico.
Brazil represents more than one third of Latin America’s air traffic overall, a figure that has more than doubled since 2000, according to Alonso. Appropriately, this country is the largest market for Airbus in Latin America, with its aircraft flown by the LATAM Airlines Group, Azul Linhas Aereas and Avianca Brasil.
Alonso anticipates tremendous growth in Mexico, where Airbus has four prominent customers: Volaris, Interjet and VivaAerobus (all of which are low-cost carriers); and cargo operator Aerounion.
Looking to the future, Alonso foresees additional opportunities as airlines build on the consolidation and alliances that were forged in previous years, and as the region continues to benefit from traffic growth – noting that nine of the world’s 91 aviation mega-cities will be situated in Latin America by 2034.
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