The Airbus A350-900 is scheduled to make its FIDAE debut as a part of the air show’s flying display. The huge wide body twin engine plane recently entered service with Brazilian Airline TAM, and the FIDAE air display will only serve to strengthen Air Bus’ reach within South America. Airbus has seen its fair share of sales success in Latin America, and they believe their latest model will also sell well in the region.
The A350-900 is a wide body jet model with a range of over 8,100 nautical miles and a maximum flight time of up to 19 hours. When compared to its predecessor, the plane is fitted with more spacious seating areas as well as an increased fuel capacity. Each A350-900 features two separate seating configurations: the business class section has 42 lie-flat business class seats arranged in a series of four side by side groups, while the economy class features similar setup with a series of nine side by side groups.
Rafael Alonso, vice-president for Airbus Latin America, had the following to say about marketing the A350 in Latin America
“Latin America has tremendous potential for development of additional long-haul routes, and with the A350 XWB already operating in the region with TAM, we believe it is the most relevant aircraft to debut at FIDAE.”
Although customers in South and Central America have mostly only shown interest in the cheaper narrow body Airbus models, the company believes that market for will expand over the next decade or so. The entire Central and South American aerospace industry is actually in an economic downturn, but this has not put a damper on Airbus’ prospects for the A350.
“We are seeing airlines respond to the region’s economic crisis very strategically, by reducing capacities and not renewing leasing agreements,”
“The business models of airlines in our region are working and the consolidation that took place with LAN and TAM and the acquisition of TACA by Avianca have created powerful airline groups with enormous purchasing power.”