Airbus will be present at FIDAE 2004, the “Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio” held at Los Cerillos airfield near Santiago de Chile from March 29 th – April 4 th.

The European manufacturer will showcase the A318 that will also take part in the daily flying displays. The A318 is the smallest and latest addition to the successful A320 family. Airbus will highlight the rest of its aircraft family on the EADS stand (Hall B – 51-82) and host visitors at its hospitality chalet (Row C 7 – 9)

Airbus’ presence in Latin America goes back to the second half of the ‘70ies when Airbus placed some of its very first products, the A300 in Brazil and Colombia. Since then Airbus has steadily expanded its presence in the region and today some 180 Airbus aircraft are operated in the region by 13 airlines including carriers such as Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Jamaica, Grupo TACA, LanChile, Mexicana, TAM.

Airbus will hold a press briefing on Monday March 29 th in meeting room 3 at 1.15 pm.

With the most modern airliner family in the world and an 87 per cent share of net firm sales in the region over the past ten years, Airbus is committed to maintaining its presence in this very important and growing market, by working closely together with its customers and future operators.

Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has delivered almost 3,500 aircraft to 210 customers and operators world-wide, and boasts a healthy delivery backlog of well over 1,400 aircraft, which, at current rates, represents some five years of production. With an annual turnover of €19.3 billion in 2003, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is a joint EADS Company with BAE Systems.