The Panama City-based airline announced that it will receive the first 737 MAX aircraft and fly to new destinations in Barbados and Brazil.
Copa Airlines ended 2017 with sustained growth, operating in 75 destinations in 31 countries of the Americas thanks to its fleet of 100 aircraft. Last year, the airline based in the Central American country of Panama, was recognized by FlightStats as “The most punctual airline in Latin America” for the fifth consecutive year, and as “The fourth most punctual airline in the world“, by the British Official Airline Guide (OAG).
By 2018, Copa Airlines expects to receive 6 new aircraft, five of which are the first 737 MAX series 9 aircraft, of an order of 71 aircraft.
The new aircraft have LEAP-1B engines, more efficient, with 15% lower fuel consumption, and 40% quieter than current engines, which translates into higher quality and comfort in passenger travel.
On the other hand, Copa Airlines plans to open new routes in the month of July, from Panama City to destinations in Brazil and Barbados.
On July 17, the airline launches the flights that will connect the Panama-Tocumén International Airport (PTY) with the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), on the island of Barbados.
A day later, on July 18, the airline begins operating the route between the Panama-Tocumén Airport and the Pinto Martins International Airport (FOR), in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil.
Meanwhile, on July 24, Copa inaugurates its flight between Panama-Tocumén and the Salvador International Airport (SSA), northeast of Brazil.