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Airbus reiterates commitment to a sustainable aerospace, Chile and the region

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Airbus reiterates commitment to a sustainable aerospace, Chile and the region

From April 8 through April 14, Airbus proudly returned to Chile to the FIDAE Air Show. One of the most important events in the region. Airbus showcased the C295 from the Brazilian Air Force along with the H125, ACH 130 and H145. Airbus operators were also present. Delta arrived with its impressive A350, the Chilean Navy showcased the AS365 and H125 as well as  the H135 from Clinica Las Condes and the Investigations Police of Chile (PDI).

Airbus also organized five different conferences on Operational Security for Helicopters, Disaster Relief & Fire Fighting, Tactical Drones: New Perspectives and Challenges, Space Summit and a panel on Women in Aviation.

FIDAE set the stage for many celebrations: the first H125 delivery to Carabineros de Chile, the 40 Million Flight Hours of the Ecureuil and the inauguration of the second A320 full-flight simulator at the Airbus Chile Training Centre (ACTC), located within the Airbus facilities in the Tobalaba Airfield in Santiago.

The 1,700-square-meter facility offers training to Airbus operators in Chile and the Southern Cone and houses full-suite A320 pilot training equipment. Since its inauguration in 2021, the ACTC has trained around 1,000 pilots from Chilean carriers LATAM Airlines, SKY and JetSMART, supporting the operations and ramp-up of A320 Family aircraft in their growing fleet. 

During the same week Airbus also participated in the IATA Wings of Change conference. The two-day event, themed "Advancing Aviation for a Competitive and Sustainable Future," provided a meaningful platform to discuss how all stakeholders can shape the future of aviation in the region. 

This was also the opportunity to present the first results of the MIT Study on Decarbonizing Aviation in Latin America, a joint effort between LATAM Airlines, MIT and Airbus. Sergey Paltsev, Deputy Director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change presented the partial results of the study encompassing Chile and Brazil. The rest of the study will be delivered in September. 

Wings of Change was also the perfect stage for the Chilean authorities to present their roadmap for the development of SAF in the country as part of the "Vuelo Limpio" program, a government-led program to promote the use of sustainable energy, in which Airbus is a partner.

Airbus participated in three panel discussions and in the Women in Aviation Breakfast.