Airbus underscores its long-standing commitment to Latin America’s aerospace industry

In showcasing its latest products, services and sustainable aerospace ambition, Airbus was among the largest exhibitors at Latin America’s biggest commercial and military aircraft air show – FIDAE – held 5-10 April 2022 in Santiago, Chile. 

Highlights at the event included Airbus’ newest commercial aircraft, the A220, making a stopover on its demonstration tour of the region, as well as the new-generation tanker – the A330 MRTT. Also featured was Airbus Helicopters’ single- and twin-engine rotorcraft, as well as the Airbus Defence and Space C295 tactical airlifter in a maritime patrol aircraft configuration. Pléiades Neo, Airbus’ most advanced optical constellation, was also highlighted at the event.

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Airbus at the FIDAE exhibition


 

A220

As the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market, the A220 brings reduced noise, lower fuel burn and reduced emissions when compared to previous generation airliners.

H125

The H125 is a proven multi-mission workhorse helicopter family with more than 600 operating in Latin America, including the Chilean Navy for search & rescue (SAR) missions.

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ACH130

The ACH130 combines a unique passenger-focused design, exceptional single-engine performance and first-class quality and comfort.

H145

Airbus Helicopters’ five-bladed H145 twin-engine rotorcraft is perfectly suited to Latin America’s unique hot and high operational conditions.

H215

The heavy twin-engine H215, in a firefighting configuration on the booth, offers excellent payload lift performance and cost efficiency, along with a demonstrated ability to operate in the world’s harshest environments.

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Pléiades Neo

Among the telecommunications and Earth observation capabilities highlighted at FIDAE is the Pléaides Neo satellite constellation, which adds a half-million square metres of imagery daily to the Airbus imaging catalog.

A330 MRTT

The combat-proven, most capable new-generation tanker, the A330 MRTT, with unique multi-mission capabilities, is the benchmark for multi-role tankers.

C295

Operators of Airbus’ versatile C295 new-generation tactical transport include the Chilean Navy, which will exhibit one of its Maritime Patrol Aircraft that supported airlift operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Swiss A220-300

The A220 lands in Chile for FIDAE Air Show, making its South America debut

Commercial Aircraft

An A220-300 from Swiss International Air Lines landed in Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez Airport for the 22nd edition of the regional FIDAE Air Show, where it will be on static display and perform demonstration flights between April 5 and 8.

Helicopters

Ocean rescues with the H125 for the Chilean Navy

Chile is a country with more than 4,300 kilometres of coastline, not including the Antarctic Territory, so naturally there are a variety of missions needed to ensure the protection of its coastal populations. The Chilean Navy carries out maritime search and rescue missions, as well as caring for the aquatic environment, safeguarding national assets and upholding maritime safety.

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Helicopters

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Ultra Air

Ultra Air signs agreement for Airbus Flight Hour Services

Commercial Aircraft

Ultra Air, a new Colombian airline, has selected Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) for its A320 Family fleet. The agreement was announced at the FIDAE Airshow, the biggest aerospace event in Latin America.

Boliviana-de-Aviacion

Boliviana de Aviación becomes Airbus’ newest operator in Bolivia

Commercial Aircraft

Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) has become the newest Airbus operator in Bolivia, by selecting leased A330-200 for its long-haul fleet renewal. The selection was announced at the FIDAE Airshow, the biggest aerospace event in Latin America. The airline will operate leased aircraft from Avolon and ORIX Aviation to fly international routes such as Santa Cruz - Madrid and Santa Cruz - Miami.

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