Airbus today opened its new offices in Buenos Aires to strengthen its presence in Latin America and reaffirm its commitment to Argentina. Alberto Robles, Head of Airbus Strategy and International Latin America, commented during the opening event that this new presence in Argentina represents a natural step to further develop Airbus activities in the region.
"There are great opportunities for Airbus in Latin America and opening an office in Buenos Aires is a key measure to consolidate our products in the region, in addition to and continue to provide close support to customers that operate our products in the country."
Airbus has been present in Argentina for decades. In 1994 Aerolíneas Argentinas became a customer with the A310-300. Today, the airline operates a long-range fleet composed of ten A330 and two A340. Airbus established a training center for aircraft maintenance personnel in the country with Aerolineas Argentinas to respond to the demand of its client and the market. Airbus has a market share of 35 percent of passenger aircraft in service and is also present in the country through LATAM and the JetSmart airline with aircraft of the A320 Family, the world's most popular family of single-aisle aircraft.
Present in Argentina for more than 40 years, Airbus helicopters represent a third of the country's fleet and are in service mainly with the Armed Forces and other public agencies such as the Federal Police, the Gendarmerie, the Naval Prefecture, and several Provinces. The more than 85 helicopters in service have a key role in performing vital operations for the population such as border protection and the fight against organized crime, rescues at sea and high mountains, fire fighting, medical transport of emergency, etc. To offer a proximity service to its helicopter operators in the country, Airbus also has a maintenance center that optimizes the operation and availability of aircraft.
Airbus Defense and Space, as part of its commitment to the development and maintenance of the industry in the country, has since 2017 an agreement with the Argentine Aircraft Factory "Brigadier San Martín" (FAdeA) to support the Airbus C212 aircraft fleet of the Army and the Naval Prefecture of Argentina. These aircraft have been serving the country's Armed Forces and Security for more than 25 years.
With more than 1,300 employees spread across 18 centers located in eight countries, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay, plus its regional center in Miami, Airbus continues to increase its presence in Latin America with this new office.