MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: ‘MESSENGER OF HOPE’ TRANSPORTED POPE JOHN PAUL II FROM TORONTO...

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: ‘MESSENGER OF HOPE’ TRANSPORTED POPE JOHN PAUL II FROM TORONTO TO GUATEMALA AND MEXICO



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GUATEMALA CITY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–August 1, 2002–One of the most special honors GRUPO TACA, leader in commercial aviation in Latin America, has ever received is being chosen for the third time by the Vatican authorities to transport His Holiness John Paul II, this time from Toronto to Guatemala, and from this Central American country to Mexico. To honor this commitment, GRUPO TACA implemented a special, high-quality project that included air accommodations, ground support and logistics. On July 29, GRUPO TACA’s “Shepherd1,” an Airbus-320, departed Toronto at 11:45 a.m. from Lester B. Pearson International Airport, arriving at 2:30 p.m. at the La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. On July 30, “Mensajero de Esperanza” departed at 5:09 p.m. to transport the Pope from Guatemala to Mexico City, where it landed at 7:35 p.m. at Benito Juarez International Airport.

With the flight to Mexico, GRUPO TACA has been responsible 11 times for providing transportation for the highest patriarch of the Catholic Church. “GRUPO TACA was deeply honored to transport the Holy Father, his official Committee, and members of the press traveling with him, and to be recognized as a World Class airline,” Corporate Communications Director Claudia Arenas said. “We greatly appreciate that the Vatican entrusted us with the honor of transporting Pope John Paul II as part of a 10-day journey to Canada, Guatemala and Mexico.”

GRUPO TACA’s customers enjoy the benefits of flying in the youngest fleet of aircraft in Latin America. GRUPO TACA’s Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft allow it to transport passengers in comfort and efficiently to 36 destinations in 19 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Moreover, GRUPO TACA’s regional airlines serve 60 destinations within the Central American region.

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CONTACT:

GRUPO TACA

Claudia Arenas Bianchi, + 502 331 0375 or + 502 334 7845

Fax: + 502 334 7846

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: ‘MESSENGER OF HOPE’ TRANSPORTED POPE JOHN PAUL II FROM TORONTO TO GUATEMALA AND MEXICO