Copa Airlines Celebrates 70 Years of Connecting to the Americas
Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings SA and a member of the global Star Alliance network, celebrated 70 years of history. In 1947 a group of Panamanian entrepreneurs and with vision of future, joined Pan Am to found Copa Airlines, that would initiate domestic services connecting the Panamanian capital with two local cities.
Today, 70 years later, Copa Airlines serves the most complete route network in Latin America, connecting a total of 75 destinations in 31 countries throughout the American continent. This continued growth has been made possible to a large extent thanks to the effectiveness of the Hub of the Americas, which has made Tocumen International Airport the leading hub in Latin America and strengthened Panama’s role as a strategic hub for connectivity, logistics and continental trade.
“Seven decades ago, thinking that Panama City would become the most connected city on the American continent and that Copa would be a benchmark in the aviation industry, they seemed like very distant dreams. Today, with great pride, I can say that thanks to people who have marked the way, the trust of our customers and partners and, of course, our thousands of collaborators, Copa Airlines has changed the way of flying in Latin America, said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines.
The growth of Copa Airlines during these 70 years has also been thanks to important alliances that have allowed to strengthen the product and business model of the Panamanian airline. The most important of these occurred in 1998 when the alliance with Continental Airlines (today, United Airlines) was signed.
In 2005, Copa took an important step in its internationalization process with the acquisition of the Colombian airline AeroRepública SA, now Copa Colombia. Other important steps in its expansion occurred in June 2012, when Airline became part of Star Alliance, the largest airline in the world, and in 2015, was awarded as “The second airline most punctual in the world “by OAG and was ratified as the first in Latin America according to Flightstats and as the” Best Airline of Central America and the Caribbean “and” Airline with the Best Cabin Staff and Airports of Central America and the Caribbean ” according to Skytrax.
As for its modern fleet, which now total 101 aircraft, Copa Airlines, starting in August 2018, will begin to receive the first 737 MAX 9 aircraft, out of a total of 71 737 MAX 8, 9 and 10 aircraft. Also, in 2018 , Terminal T of the Tocumen International Airport will start operating, expanding the current capacity to 54 contact approach doors and 12 remote ones, as well as new migration facilities, customs and other services that will strengthen the travel experience in Tocumen.
A Boeing 737-800 NG commemorative of 70 years of Copa Airlines, from today will sail through the skies of America carrying in its fuselage the message “Connecting America” and an emblematic design of the 70 years painted in the tail of the aircraft.