The A380 and A400M share the spotlight on FIDAE’s opening day

27 March 2012 Feature story

Airbus today kicked off its participation during the Latin American market’s largest air show, FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) in Santiago de Chile – highlighted by an opening day flight presentation of the company’s 21st century flagship A380. 

The double-deck jetliner is being joined at FIDAE by Airbus Military’s next-generation A400M airlifter – both of which already have proven to be popular attractions on the event’s static display area – with high-profile visits today by government officials that included Chilean defence minister Don Andres Allamand and Chile’s Armed Forces Undersecretary, Alfonso Vargas. 

This year’s event marks the first edition of FIDAE with both the A380 and A400M in attendance, as Airbus underscores its broad range of civil and military products for the important Latin American region. 

The A380 arrived at FIDAE as the most recent destination on its ongoing multi-city Latin American tour. These stopovers – which already have included visits to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil – are demonstrating the A380’s ability to operate from the region’s airports, and provide the opportunity for Latin American airline executives, pilots and other personnel to see the jetliner in action. 

Following its participation at the 2012 FIDAE event, Airbus’ A380 will depart for a scheduled appearance in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 30 March. 

Airbus Military’s advanced A400M touched down at FIDAE this week as part of this aircraft’s trip to Latin America, which originated in Cochabamba, Bolivia for high altitude flight tests. The A400M will remain at FIDAE until 28 March, when it will leave for a stop-over in Lima, Peru, followed by a visit to La Paz, Bolivia for additional high-altitude testing.