According to Rafael Alonso, senior vice president for Airbus Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin America has a potential demand for up to 20 aircraft the size of the A380.
Speaking during a press conference at the 2010 ALTA leadership forum, Alonso says that with European carriers Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways introducing the superjumbo to their fleets there is “a strong likelihood that the A380 will be seen in the region soon”.
They are expecting to lead the region’s market share within the next two to three years. “We already have around 42% of the total market and would expect to have 52% in the next three years. If you look at the past five years we have consistently had more than 60% of the orders compared to Boeing.”
Airbus sees a total demand for almost 1,700 aircraft in the region over the next 20 years with a value of $163 billion.
These include 1,340 single aisle aircraft, 323 wide-bodies and 20 of the large cabins such as the A380.