He said that translates into 2,900 jetliners
worth $300 billion, adding that Boeing's share of that would be
In recent years, Boeing has lost market share in the region,
where there has been an aggressive push by Airbus <AIR.PA>.
Airbus said on Tuesday its market share was 61 percent of
aircraft sold and that it believes it can drive that up to 65
Gallard declined to give an estimate of the number of planes
Boeing expected to sell in the region in 2014 but said he
thought it would be "a good year for us".
Boeing is in talks to sell the 737, 777 and 787 jets, he said.
Regional airlines LATAM Airlines <LAN.SN>, AeroMexico <AEROMEX.MX>
and Avianca <AVT_p.CN> will each have at least one 787
Dreamliner in their fleet this year, Gallard said, adding that
no other Boeing clients in Latin America were in talks at this
time for the plane.
The Dreamliner has had its share of issues since entering
service in 2011. It was grounded for months last year after
battery overheating problems, but on March 19 a joint review by
Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration found that
the plane is soundly designed and safe to fly.
"There's still more to do to be the best plane in the world,
which is our goal," said Gallard.
"The clients are not nervous about what could happen to the
plane in the future, but they are expecting us to carry on
working with them in helping them to establish the plane and to
establish it in their fleets."
(Reporting by Rosalba O'Brien and Antonio De la Jara;
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